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CIGNA Awarded State of Arizona Health Care Contract

PHOENIX, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- CIGNA HealthCare announced today that it is one of four companies to have been awarded a contract to provide medical benefits to Arizona's state employees, university employees and retirees. The contract becomes effective October 1, 2009.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to once again work with the State of Arizona and offer our innovative health programs, tools and resources to more people across the state," said Jeff Terrill, regional vice president, west region for CIGNA. "Every day we strive to give individuals useful information and plenty of options, to help them make good health decisions. An informed, engaged individual can be an effective agent of change in today's health care environment."

New CIGNA customers from the State of Arizona will have access to a variety of programs and resources to help to maintain and improve their health. Some of these programs include personalized and private support by nurse advocates to help manage chronic conditions ranging from diabetes to low back pain; lifestyle programs to help with stress, weight management or tobacco cessation; online health coaching for issues ranging from nutrition to sleep; and the Healthy Pregnancy Program which encourages early prenatal care and offers incentives to enroll early.

Additional resources are available through the free online Web portal at where customers can track the status of medical claims with updated information, review personal benefits, stay current on co-payments and locate, select or change health care professionals. CIGNA is available for customer service inquiries 24 hours a day every day of the week.

CIGNA offers a comprehensive network of health care professionals in Arizona, including 11,787 physicians, 78 hospitals, 67 urgent care clinics and over 40 convenience care clinics in virtually every metropolitan and rural community in the state. Arizona State employees, University employees and retirees will have access to CIGNA's national seamless network of health care professionals which includes 550,000 physicians and 5,100 hospitals. In the Phoenix-metro area, the network also includes access to 200-plus clinicians exclusive to Cigna Medical Group--the multi-specialty group practice of CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona.

About CIGNA:

CIGNA (NYSE: CI), a global health service company, is dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and security. CIGNA Corporation's operating subsidiaries provide an integrated suite of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance, to more than 46 million people throughout the United States and around the world. To learn more about CIGNA, visit To sign up for email alerts or an RSS feed of company news log on to

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