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Aetna Inc  (AET)
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Aetna Inc

Business Description

Aetna Inc. (a Pennsylvania corporation) and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) constitute one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies. Prior to December 13, 2000, the Company (formerly Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc.) was a subsidiary of a Connecticut corporation named Aetna Inc. (“former Aetna”). On December 13, 2000, former Aetna spun the Company off to its shareholders and, as part of the same transaction, the remaining entity, which contained former Aetna’s financial services and international businesses, was merged with a subsidiary of ING Groep N.V. (“ING”) (collectively, the “Transaction”). Aetna Inc. was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1982 under the name of United States Health Care Systems, Inc.

Health Care:

Health and dental benefit products (including health maintenance organization, point-of-service, preferred provider organization and indemnity products)

Group Insurance:

Group insurance products (including life, disability and long-term care insurance products)

Large Case Pensions:

Retirement products (including pension and annuity products) primarily for defined benefit and defined contribution plans

Competition in the health care industry is intense, primarily due to a large number of competitors, aggressive marketing and pricing, and a proliferation of competing products, including new products that are continually being introduced into the market. New entrants into the marketplace as well as significant consolidation within the industry have contributed to the intense competitive environment.

For the group insurance industry, the Company believes that the most significant factors which distinguish competing companies are price, quality of service, comprehensiveness of coverage, and product array and design. Specialty carriers have increased market penetration in the life and disability business. The deeply penetrated group life market remains highly competitive.


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