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How is Aetna giving back?

I am writing in response to the Nov. 23 article "Aetna Wants Highmark To Know It's Not An Interloper." While Aetna may feel obliged to inform area residents that it is not a carpetbagger, I wish Aetna would feel obliged to educate us about how much money it gives back to the communities from which it collects its premium profits.

On its website, Highmark substantiates that it donates millions of dollars back to the communities it serves by way of health and human service programs every year. Funny, I did not see any charitable contributions listed on the Aetna or Coventry websites.

However, I did see Aetna has an investor page, which demonstrates to me that Aetna only gives back to its wealthy shareholders and NOT back to the communities that make Aetna profitable.

It takes more than merely having an office in Pittsburgh to be a good corporate citizen.



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