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Aetna Says It May Move Out of Hartford, U.S.'s Insurance Capital

Signage is displayed at Aetna Inc. headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut.

Signage is displayed at Aetna Inc. headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Aetna Inc., whose founding more than 150 years ago helped turn Hartford, Connecticut, into the insurance capital of the U.S., is thinking about leaving.

The health insurer is in negotiations with several states about relocating its headquarters, and will make a decision by early summer, T.J. Crawford, an Aetna spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday. Luke Bronin, Hartford’s mayor, called the insurer’s departure “a hard blow for the state and for the greater Hartford region.”