Aetna Announces Targeted Job Eliminations

Reduction of approximately 1,000 positions, or less than 3 percent of workforce

Part of effort to reduce overall operating costs

HARTFORD, Conn., December 17, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced it will reduce its workforce by approximately 1,000 positions, or less than 3 percent of the company's 36,208 employees. This action is designed to align administrative expenses with the company's growth outlook for 2009 and redirect resources to areas with a greater potential for future growth.  As a result of this and other actions, Aetna expects to incur approximately $35 million, after tax, in restructuring charges in the fourth quarter of 2008. 1

"These actions will reduce our operating costs and allow us to manage through the economic downturn from a position of strength," said Ronald A. Williams, chairman and CEO.  "The fundamentals of our business are solid, and we continue to win in the marketplace.  While changes like this are never easy, they will help us maintain our strong competitiveness and ensure our continuing success."
The company said the job eliminations are targeted to ensure that they do not impair Aetna's ability to meet its customer commitments and growth targets going forward. Eligible employees will receive severance benefits based on length of service as well as outplacement and other support programs.

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Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.2 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, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see

1 As Aetna believes this charge neither relates to the ordinary course of its business nor reflects underlying business performance, the company will reflect the charge as an "other item" and exclude it from 2008 operating earnings

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