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Cigna Expands Network in Mississippi with Addition of University of Mississippi Medical Center

Monday, January 06, 2014

Cigna Expands Network in Mississippi with Addition of University of Mississippi Medical Center

10:00 EST Monday, January 06, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (Business Wire) -- Cigna (NYSE:CI) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) have entered into a multi-year contract that adds the Medical Center and its employed physicians to Cigna's network of participating hospitals and doctors in Jackson, Mississippi. The agreement became effective January 5, 2014.

With this new addition to the network, Cigna customers who receive services from the University of Mississippi Medical Center or its employed doctors' group practice, University Physicians, will now be covered at the in-network benefit level, according to the terms of their health care benefits plan. Cigna currently serves more than 18,000 customers in the region and nearly 100,000 customers across the state of Mississippi.

“We are pleased to expand our offerings across Mississippi with the addition of the University of Mississippi Medical Center to our network and look forward to continuing to provide access to quality, customer-focused and affordable health care,” said Rich Novack, Cigna's president and general manager for MidSouth markets, including Mississippi.

“We're delighted that Cigna customers now have in-network access to the services of Mississippi's only academic medical center,” said Dr. James E. Keeton, UMMC's vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “We want Mississippians to be able to obtain the most advanced services right here at home and this is another step in that direction.”

Any Cigna customer wishing to schedule an appointment at UMMC or University Physicians can call toll-free 888-815-2005. Cigna customers with questions about their plan can call Cigna customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the number on their Cigna ID card.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 80 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state's only academic medical center. UMMC encompasses five health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry and graduate studies, as well as the site where University of Mississippi pharmacy students do their clinical training. The Medical Center's health-care enterprise includes six hospitals and University Physicians, the faculty group practice. The Medical Center's threefold mission is to educate tomorrow's health-care professionals, conduct innovative research to improve human health, and to provide the highest quality care available to the state's population. Major goals of the Medical Center are the improvement of the health of Mississippians and the elimination of health disparities based on race, geography or other factors. For more information, contact the Division of Public Affairs at (601) 984-1100 or umc.edu/publicaffairs

Cigna
Michelle Vroom, 267-664-0787
michelle.vroom@cigna.com
or
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jack Mazurak, 601-984-1100
jmazurak@umc.edu

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