Aetna Expanding Workers’ Comp Network; Now Covers 17 States

October 5, 2005

Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna is expanding its Aetna Workers’ Comp Access network into six additional markets, adding to the more than 190,000 physicians and health care professionals and 900 hospitals currently participating in 11 other markets.

AWCA offers a network access product for workers’ compensation services. The AWCA network includes primary care physicians, occupational medical centers, urgent care centers, physical therapy providers, chiropractors, radiology centers, orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons and facilities.

“The network helps workers’ compensation insurance carriers and employers manage the rising cost of workplace injuries while providing access to care that can help injured workers return to work quickly and productively,” said Greta Montes, network market head for AWCA.

Claimants get access through their employers, who have contracts with workers’ comp carriers and administrators who have a relationship with AWCA, or employers who self-insure their workers’ comp coverage and are customers of AWCA.

The new markets where AWCA is expanding are Delaware, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, New York and the District of Columbia. The latest expansion complements the existing AWCA network available in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and most recently Michigan and Indiana, which were added to AWCA’s network portfolio with Aetna’s acquisition of HMS Healthcare.

“The introduction of AWCA remains a tremendous opportunity for Aetna to develop a new line of business and expand our core capabilities to serve new markets,” Montes said. “We expect a high percentage of participation from physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals currently participating in an Aetna network in states where we are building the AWCA network.”

For more information, visit www.aetna.com.

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