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Public policy leadership

As a health care benefits company, Aetna is committed to helping transform the health care system. As the nation worked its way toward adoption of health care reform in early 2010, we worked more closely than ever with Congress and the Obama administration to offer insights and guidance to help keep the process focused on meaningful change.

We also continue to focus on the development of innovative business initiatives that are already making a difference in the lives of our members nationally while offering model solutions to health care system issues. Our goal will not be reached until health care reform provides all Americans with access to affordable, high-quality health care services.

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Working toward health care reform

Aetna was at the forefront of health care reform efforts in the past decade. In 2005, we became the first national health insurer to call for the adoption of a national individual coverage requirement — with subsidies for those who cannot afford coverage — to help get the nation’s 46 million uninsured covered. Since then, we have openly supported significant market reforms, in conjunction with an individual coverage requirement, including support for guaranteed issue in the small group and individual markets with no pre-existing condition exclusions.

Three years ago, we developed and circulated a comprehensive health care reform plan called o Your Health! Aetna’s Proposal for Health Care System ransformation. We put thought into action by working with members of Congress, their staffs and the White House in 2008 and 2009 to provide specific data and advice on the kinds of changes needed to help the system deliver high-quality, affordable care to all Americans.

Aetna Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Williams has been deeply involved in the reform dialogue. He met with President Obama on several occasions, and he has offered testimony and participated in roundtable discussions with members of the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and the House Committee on Ways & Means to help establish priorities for reforming the system.

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