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Improving Screening and Treatment for Maternal Mental Health: Cigna Sponsors Day of Learning in Los Angeles

  Improving Screening and Treatment for Maternal Mental Health: Cigna Sponsors
  Day of Learning in Los Angeles

  * Joins with the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the
    American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to host event in Los Angeles
    on January 24, 2013.
  * Dr. Laura Miller, Dr. Harvey Karp and other experts from across the
    country to discuss improving maternal mental health screening and

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- January 7, 2013

Cigna is sponsoring a day of learning about maternal mental health, featuring
Dr. Laura Miller of Brigham and Women's Hospital and pediatrician and
best-selling author Dr. Harvey Karp, among other experts from around the
country. At the January 24, 2013 meeting, area doctors, behavioral health
clinicians, community leaders and representatives from national organizations
will discuss how to improve mental health screening and treatment among
pregnant women and new mothers.

The event is hosted by the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative
(CMMHC) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and will
begin at 8:15 a.m. at the California Endowment’s Center for Healthy
Communities in Los Angeles. More information about the event and registration
is available at

Founded by Joy Burkhard, a Cigna employee, CMMHC is an organization dedicated
to increasing awareness, screening and treatment of maternal mental health
disorders. It convenes doctors, legislators, organizations and experts to
focus on issues around maternal depression.

“Having a new child is a very exciting and emotional time for the entire
family,” said Dr. Doug Nemecek, senior medical director for Cigna's behavioral
health unit, who will be participating in the meeting. “While mood swings or
bursts of crying are often caused by ‘the baby blues,’ it’s important for new
parents to identify more serious mental health issues like postpartum
depression or birth-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors,
hospitals, insurance carriers and others in the health system can play an
important role in advocating for screening and treatment.”

A 2010 report of the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that more than
400,000 infants are born each year to mothers who are depressed, making
perinatal depression the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in
America. Some of the signs of postpartum depression are feeling very sad,
hopeless or empty; feeling afraid to be alone with the baby; loss of pleasure
or interest in daily activities; loss of appetite or losing weight; difficulty
sleeping, or an inability to concentrate.

Cigna offers online education about postpartum depression, questions to ask
the doctor and a short assessment women can take to determine if they should
seek professional help. Customers enrolled in plans that include Cigna's
Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies® maternity program have access to
screening for stress and possible depression during pregnancy, as well as two
to five days following delivery and again three weeks after delivery to help
to identify postpartum depression. Cigna also offers a free depression
screening tool on its website for physicians.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to
helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All
products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating
subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life
Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance
Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such
products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as
medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits,
and other related products including group life, accident and disability
insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions,
and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world.
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