Missouri Care will be providing health coverage for Medicaid plan enrollees in more Show Me State communities.

The Missouri HealthNet Division has awarded Aetna Inc., Hartford, the company that runs the Missouri Care plan, a contract to provide coverage in the Eastern and Western regions, as well as in the Central region.

Aetna has been offering Missouri Care Medicaid coverage in 28 counties in Central Missouri for 11 years.

Aetna now will off Missouri Care coverage in 13 additional counties in and around Kansas City, Mo., and 13 counties in and around St. Louis.