Aetna Shareholders Approve Board Nominees

HARTFORD, Conn., April 30, 2004 — Aetna Inc. (NYSE: ΑET) today announced that shareholders elected all of the company’s 14 nominees to the Board of Directors and ratified the appointment of the company’s independent auditors.

Shareholder proposals to implement cumulative voting in the election of directors and to limit executive compensation did not pass.

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability and long-term care benefits, serving approximately 13.3 million medical members, 11.2 million dental members, 8.1 million pharmacy members and 12.4 million group insurance customers, as of March 31, 2004. The company has extensive nationwide networks of more than 618,000 health care services providers, including over 370,000 primary care and specialist physicians and 3,783 hospitals. For more information about Aetna, please visit the company’s web site at www.aetna.com.



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