Aetna Rolls out New Small-Group Options in
-- New Plans Offer Employers ‘Wellness on Us’ --
May 03, 2010 11:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that it is introducing
a new suite of plans that cover preventive services without charging members a co-payment, expanding the health
insurance options available for small employers in North Carolina.
The small-group plans are the first of their kind to be offered by Aetna in the state, and offer employers and
members “Wellness on Us,” said Mark Schmidt, president of Aetna’s North Carolina market.
“With the country facing a difficult economic challenge, it’s becoming harder for smaller companies to offer their
workers health insurance,” said Schmidt. “At the same time, they want to make sure employees obtain the preventive
screenings they need. By eliminating co-pays for those services, these new Aetna plans remove any potential
financial barriers and allow employers to offer both high-quality and affordable coverage.”
The plans will be marketed and sold through agents and brokers across the state.
While Aetna has offered its plans to North Carolina small employers for several years, but Schmidt noted, “We’ve
become much better at designing plans more closely focused on the specific needs of employers of all sizes,” he said.
“We’ve talked to agents and brokers, and to small employers, to better understand their benefits needs.”
“Aetna's new focus on the marketplace could not have come at a better time for the Carolinas,” said employee
benefits broker Slade Lewis, with Craft Insurance Center Inc. in Greensboro. “Our customers are eager to have
another carrier to choose from for their health insurance needs. They are particularly looking for group health
insurance plans that are affordable, easy to understand, with good coverage options and provider networks. With
their national presence and local support, Aetna is uniquely positioned to deliver this to t