About First Health

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First Health Group Corp., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Aetna, Inc., provides national PPO network access and other cost containment programs to help our clients manage employee benefit plans.  The company’s main office is in San Diego, California.


The development of the First Health® Network began in the early 1980’s, when the company was known as Affordable Health Care Concepts. Affordable was acquired by HealthCare COMPARE in the late 1980’s and eventually became First Health. Around that same time, in 1984, CCN Managed Care, Inc. also began development of a group health network. Initially, the CCN network was available in California, but through aggressive negotiations and acquisitions, the network expanded rapidly to other parts of the country. First Health Group Corp. acquired CCN Managed Care in 2001.

As a result of the 2005 acquisition of First Health Group Corp. by Coventry Health Care, we developed a comprehensive strategy to integrate all of our rental PPO networks to ensure our clients are getting the best possible savings and access we can offer. All integration efforts were completed in January 2008. By utilizing the best contracts and rates from each network, we were able to improve the core value of the First Health Network. First Health was acquired by Aetna in 2013 as part of the acquisition of Coventry Health Care.

Today the network serves as a premier national network with superior access and value in urban, suburban and rural markets across the country. Our commitment to develop and manage our network ensures that we provide high quality care at the best market price for our consumers.