Aetna Behavioral Health Offers Support In Response To Northern Illinois University Shootings

HARTFORD, Conn., February 19, 2008 — In response to the tragic shootings at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. on February 14, Aetna (NYSE: AET) has encouraged anyone in need of support to call its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-888-AETNA-EAP (1-888-238-6232). Aetna’s EAP professionals have experience dealing with traumatic events and the ability to recommend resources that can help address any concerns whether or not the caller is enrolled in an Aetna employee assistance program.

"We have been saddened by the tragic events that took place at Northern Illinois University and continue to send our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts to the victims’ families and friends and the University’s students and staff," said Louise Murphy, president of Aetna Behavioral Health. "Our clinical team works with callers to help them access their available medical coverage, community resources or our own resources to address their needs arising out of this tragedy."

Aetna Behavioral Health has also created a special web page  on the Aetna website which contains tip sheets for students and parents.

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans and expatriates.

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