— Company also opens support lines to the public —
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Aetna Foundation announced today a $50,000 contribution to the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities to support the families of the courageous firefighters taken by the devastating wildfire burning in Arizona. Aetna (NYSE: AET) also is coordinating with the local community to send grief counselors to the area. The company has opened its support lines to the public for those who need help coping with the tragedy. Aetna previously announced efforts to support its members who may have evacuated from the area of the fires and need assistance.
The Aetna Foundation will match Aetna employee contributions to the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities, the 100 Club of Arizona and the American Red Cross, among other eligible charities. Aetna’s Volunteer Council employees already have been assisting with relief efforts for the affected communities.
“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the wildfire in Arizona,” said Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO and president of Aetna and chairman of the Aetna Foundation. “We honor our fallen heroes and want to help take care of their families. Our teams are ready to assist the people in the communities affected by these tragic events with the counseling and support they need.”
Aetna’s Behavioral Health counseling professionals have experience dealing with traumatic events and are available 24/7 for telephonic consultation, referrals or general information such as areas affected by a disaster, available shelters and government resources. The number to call is 1-888-AETNA-EAP (1-888-238-6232). College students may wish to call the Student Assistance Program at 1-877-351-7889. Individuals and families may also want to reference the following materials.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $427 million in grants and sponsorships, including $14.6 million awarded in 2012. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered four million hours since 2003. The Aetna Foundation’s current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.aetnafoundation.org.
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 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.
Cynthia Michener, 860-273-8553