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Financial Protection Goes the Whole Nine Yards with Group Accident Plans

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>About 30 million children & teens in the U.S. participate in some type of sport or recreational activity</b><sup><b>1</b></sup> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Over 3.5 million children and teens suffer a sport related injury annually</b><sup><b> 1</b></sup> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Highest rate of injury occurs in sports involving contact and collisions</b><sup><b>1</b></sup> </li> </ul>

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Financial Protection Goes the Whole Nine Yards with Group Accident Plans11:42 EST Thursday, November 08, 2012 HARTFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Sports and recreational activities are a great way for children and teens to stay active and build self-esteem. However, participating in a sport also leaves kids and teens vulnerable to injuries. Aetna (NYSE: AET) Voluntary Plans offer the Group Accident Plan to employers to help financially protect their employees against a child's unforeseen accident. The Group Accident Plan makes cash payments directly to enrollees when they incur accident-related medical expenses, such as treatment for a broken bone, an ambulance ride, or outpatient physician treatment. Benefit checks can be used to pay for anything, such as day care, medical plan deductibles, mortgage payments or to make up for lost wages. “Major medical insurance covers most medical expenses but not everyday costs. Taking care of an injured child could require parents to take time off from work and could affect household savings,” said Frank McCauley, head of Aetna's Consumer Segment. “Accident plans are designed to keep families financially protected by helping to pay for unexpected medical bills, as well as everyday expenses such as daycare, groceries and utility bills.” According to the Medical University of South Carolina, each year approximately 775,000 children and teens are sent to the emergency room for sports related injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures, growth plate breaks, and heat stroke.2 Aetna Voluntary Plans can help protect members and help them remain financially healthy despite these types of unforeseen accidents. For more information about Aetna Voluntary Plans, click here 1 “Sports Safety-Injury and Incidence Rates” Medical University of South Carolina 2 Child Sports Injuries and Their Prevention: A Guide for Parents with Ideas for Kids: National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. July 2009 About the Group Accident Plan The Group Accident Plan is insured by American Heritage Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of The Allstate Corporation. Accident benefits are provided by policy form GVAP1 or state variations; benefit enhancement rider provided by rider form GVAPBER or state variations. The Group Accident Plan does not offer comprehensive benefits. It provides limited coverage and is not intended to replace other health insurance coverage. Insurance plans contain exclusions and limitations, and not all services are covered. See plan documents for a complete description of benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. About Aetna Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com. Aetna is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Aetna group of subsidiary companies, including Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna) and its affiliates.57.22.900.1 (10/12)Media Contact:AetnaKatelyn Morgan, 860-273-1880morgank3@aetna.com