The Aetna Foundation Donates $100,000 To The Patient Advocate Foundation To Assist Victims Of The Boston And Texas Tragedies

 The Aetna Foundation Donates $100,000 To The Patient Advocate Foundation To
               Assist Victims Of The Boston And Texas Tragedies

-- One-on-one support available to help victims with health and financial
issues --

PR Newswire

HARTFORD, Conn. and HAMPTON, Va., May 13, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. and HAMPTON, Va., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The
Aetna Foundation has given $100,000 to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in West,
Texas, access the health care and practical support services they need to

PAF, one of the nation's leading nonprofit patient assistance programs, will
direct Aetna's contribution toward helping any person impacted from the recent
events, regardless of insurance status. PAF provides individualized,
professional case management services at no cost to the patients.

The bombing and explosion victims, many who are facing long-term, complicated
health care issues, can work with PAF to help them make informed decisions
during hospitalization through physical and behavioral therapy and recovery.
PAF's professional case managers can help those in need manage medical claims
and access medically necessary health care including pharmaceutical products
and medical devices such as prosthetics.

PAF can help patients understand options that can help them maximize their
private or government health coverage, emergency aid or private donations,
including screening and enrollment for Medicare, Medicaid and Disability
programs. PAF also can connect patients to all known local, state and/or
national resources for assistance. Beginning immediately, anyone needing
assistance through the disaster support initiative can contact PAF by calling

"The victims -- along with family and friends -- of these two tragedies are
beginning their individual journeys to recovery. Our grant to the Patient
Advocate Foundation provides additional support and resources to patients and
their caregivers beyond what financial aid alone can achieve. PAF helps these
individuals better navigate the health care system so that they can spend
their energy on recovery and healing. We all hope for each of these people to
be back to leading fulfilling lives as soon as possible," says Mark T.
Bertolini, chairman, CEO, and president of Aetna Inc. and chairman of the
Aetna Foundation.

The PAF team uses their knowledge of insurance coverage issues, health care
resources and clinical experience to help patients avoid obstacles and find
solutions when they face challenges.

"We will work to remove potential barriers to needed care that those injured
in these horrific events may face. We are very pleased that the Aetna
Foundation gift will allow us to put our services to work for those who need
it most," said PAF Founder and CEO Nancy Davenport-Ennis.

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and PAF began working together last year. Their relationship
has benefitted members by making health care easier to understand, access and
navigate for those in need.

Patients needing assistance can call 800-532-5274 orlearn more about the
Disaster Support Initiative at

About Patient Advocate Foundation
PAF is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1996, that seeks to
safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care,
maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability relative to
their diagnosis of chronic, life threatening or debilitating disease. Patient
Advocate Foundation has been consistently rated as a 4-star "exceptional"
charity by Charity Navigator, the foremost independent evaluator of charities
in the United States. For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation,
please visit

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.Asa national health foundation, wepromote wellness, health, and
access to high-quality health care for everyone.This work isenhanced bythe
time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteeredfour million
hourssince 2003. The Aetna Foundation's currentgivingis focused on
addressing the rising rate of adult and childhoodobesity in the U.S.;
promoting racial and ethnic equity inhealth and health care; and advancing
integrated health care. For more information, visit

SOURCE Aetna Foundation; Patient Advocate Foundation

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