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Aetna Plans to Give Raises to 10,000 Humana Workers After Deal

  • Humana workers would be paid a minimum of $16 an hour
  • Employees at Aetna got a similar pay increase this year

Aetna Inc. plans to give raises to thousands of low-wage Humana Inc. employees as part of its acquisition of its smaller health-insurance rival.

Pay for about 10,000 Humana employees will be lifted to $16 an hour after the deal closes, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in written testimony submitted for a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday. That’s in line with wage minimums Bertolini set for U.S. workers at Aetna earlier this year. Next year, the company plans to cover a larger share of workers’ health-care costs, based on income, Bertolini said, helping some save as much as $4,000 a year.