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Date:2/14/2008

e, and take appropriate action to protect the millions of consumers affected by Aetna's proposed limitation on access to monitored anesthetic care. Our alliance asks that you carefully investigate this important healthcare and consumer issue and take the appropriate action to protect the millions of consumers affected by Aetna's proposed limitation on access to monitored anesthetic care."

Rising to the Threat

Fortunately, some states legislators are now pushing back against Aetna and its corporate executives.

The coalition welcomed Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner's action this week when she was joined by Delaware's insurance commissioner Matt Denn and others to decry Aetna's action.

"We applaud the recent statements of Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, who decried Aetna's planned actions. Governor Minner has announced that she will not allow Delaware state employees to be affected by Aetna's wrongful actions," Einiger said in the letter. "In this, an election year, it is critical that our political leadership -- both Democratic and Republican -- not be deterred by an organization with resources such as Aetna, which reported an income of $450 Million for the recent fiscal quarter and almost $2 Billion for previous years, all while raising premiums 14 percent."

Consumer Fraud, Patient Pain

Scott Einiger, a partner with the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP, and representing the alliance, stated, "As Aetna has failed to provide notification to its 16.4 million enrolled members, seeking to get the media to do its job by issuing a press statement about its policy change on the eve of the December holidays, it is obvious that the insurance carrier is attempting to duck regulatory scrutiny of their actions."

Einiger warns that Aetna may be facing charges of consumer fraud in many of the states where they do business. "Consumers have the right to expect that their insuran
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