Aetna Statement Regarding Slavery Reparations Lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn., March 27, 2002 — We do not believe a court would permit a lawsuit over events which -- however regrettable -- occurred hundreds of years ago. These issues in no way reflect Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) today.

Over the past 20 years, Aetna has invested more than $36 million in the African American community, targeting such areas as education, health, economic development, community partnerships and minority-owned business initiatives.

Our company has embraced diversity and we are proud of our record of employing a diverse work force and supporting diverse causes.

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