Aetna Helps Members Affected by Winter Storm in Southern States


WEBWIRE – Friday, January 31, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. --- Aetna (NYSE: AET) is making it easier for members in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina who were affected by this week’s severe winter storm to refill prescriptions and access employee assistance, student assistance and behavioral health programs. The company also is extending claim and appeal filing times where applicable and helping members who have evacuated find care outside their home areas, among other steps.

“Our thoughts are with the people affected by this storm,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman, CEO and president. “We are committed to helping our members get the care and medications they need, understanding that many may have been displaced from their homes and are unable to use their usual physicians, pharmacies and hospitals.”

Aetna Behavioral Health has opened its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources to all Aetna plan sponsors during these times of need. Aetna’s EAP professionals, who have experience dealing with traumatic events, are available to help. Aetna members can contact Aetna EAP 24/7 for telephonic consultation, referrals or general information such as areas affected by a disaster, available shelters and government resources.

Aetna members and health care providers affected by the storm who need care or other assistance can reach the company at the following toll-free numbers.


* Replacement ID cards and access to a Personal Health Record (PHR) can be found on Aetna’s secure member site Aetna Navigator™. Log in on Aetna’s home page at www.aetna.com.

Affected Aetna members may refill their prescriptions early, as needed, or refill a prescription that may have been lost. Those who use Aetna’s mail-order pharmacy can receive a prescription at an alternate delivery location.

Affected Aetna members also can seek routine or emergency care anywhere, as needed, without a referral or pre-authorization. As part of its disaster procedures, Aetna will monitor the impact on its network doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. The company will work closely with providers to make further modifications to its policies as necessary to ensure members have access to care.

If any additional local, state or federal disaster executive orders or regulations are issued related to this event, Aetna will adjust its policies to comply.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.



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