Aetna was founded in 1853 in Hartford, Connecticut. In the United States Aetna is one of the leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, and disability insurance, and employee benefits.
Aetna quote their mission statement as
"Aetna is dedicated to helping people achieve health and financial security by providing easy access to safe, cost-effective, high-quality health care and protecting their finances against health-related risks. Building on our 158-year heritage, Aetna will be a leader cooperating with doctors and hospitals, employers, patients, public officials and others to build a stronger, more effective health care system."
Aetna Chairman, CEO and President Mark Bertolini discusses Aetnas corporate values "Everything we do at Aetna starts with our values -- a clear, strongly held set of core beliefs that reflect who we are and what you can expect from us. We created our core values together, as one company with more than 30,000 individual voices, and with guidance from our customers. Our values carry through our thoughts and actions every day, inspire innovation in our products and services, and drive our commitment to excellence in all we do."
In 1972 Aetna launched the Aetna Foundation, which it describes as its independent philanthropic arm. Some of the major aims of the Aetna Foundation is to offer support wo programs preventing disease, supporting the arts and much more.
On the individual level, Aetna offer dental insurance, health expense funds, pharmacy plans, medicare insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, mental insurance, vision insurance, student health insurance and other policies. Aetna categorises the sizes of business it insures into having the following number of employees; 2-50, 51-3,000, 3,000+ and other categories
Aetna pride themselves on innovation in their healthcare products. As quotes from Aetna.
"Aetna continually develops new products and services that will have a positive impact. We:
Offer a broad range of insurance and employee benefits products
Were the first national, full-service health insurer to offer a consumer-directed health plan
We continue to lead the way with our full line of consumer-directed health care products
Offer a wide array of programs and services that help control rising employee benefits costs while striving to improve the quality of health care
Provide members with access to convenient tools and easy-to-understand information"
Fitch Rating (Long-Term, Issuer Default Rating) Aetna Inc; A (24/08/2010)
Moodys Rating (Long-Term) Aetna Inc, Baa1 (10/05/2010)