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MCC MANAGED BEHAVIORAL CARE PROVIDES AID IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANDREW'S DEVASTATION

 MCC MANAGED BEHAVIORAL CARE PROVIDES AID
 IN WAKE OF HURRICANE ANDREW'S DEVASTATION
 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- MCC Managed Behavioral Care, a CIGNA company, the country's oldest and one of the largest providers of mental health and substance abuse benefits, today announced a plan of action to respond to devastation in southern Florida caused by Hurricane Andrew.
 Donations from MCC employees, in addition to a corporate grant, will be used to purchase bottled water, food and other supplies needed to support MCC's Florida offices during this critical period, and to help MCC and CIGNA employees who have been directly affected by the hurricane.
 Other parts of the action plan stipulate that MCC will:
 -- Send three teams of mental health professionals, seasoned in crisis intervention following natural disasters, into the South Florida area;
 -- Provide mental health support to deal with the trauma of the crisis for: the MCC and CIGNA employees and their families in the Miami area; MCC's clients and customers; and, CIGNA'S clients and customers -- all at no cost;
 -- Contact MCC mental health/substance abuse care providers in the area and offer assistance;
 -- Assist the general public, via Miami-based news media, by offering to provide mental health clinical professionals for news commentary and interviews.
 "Mental health services are extremely important in times of natural disaster. We are doing everything possible to assist our employees, and to ensure that MCC offices in the affected areas meet their clinical, business and community responsibilities," said Travers H. Wills, president of MCC. "Our employees and providers are dealing courageously with the hurricane's aftermath, and the company will provide money, mental health professionals and other resources to help them and our clients."
 MCC has 10 network locations and six behavioral care offices in Florida, all under the supervision of Regional Executive Director David Dintenfass, who is based in Tampa, Fla.
 "The caring response by MCC management and employees is enabling us to do what we can to help people cope with deaths, injuries and the loss of their homes and their jobs," Dintenfass said. "I am so very proud of the dedication and sheer guts being shown by our employees and mental health providers, despite the fact that we've been without power, without phone service, and without much food, water or sleep."
 MCC, founded in 1974, is the country's oldest and one of the largest providers of managed mental health and substance abuse programs, with 5 million members in more than 100 markets. MCC is a wholly owned subsidiary of CIGNA Employee Benefits Companies, which provide traditional health benefits coverage to 11 million people and has 2.2 million health plan members.
 The CIGNA companies are leading providers of insurance, health care, employee benefits, pension and investment management and related financial services to businesses and individuals worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Diane Rose of Padilla Speer Beardsley, 612-871-8877, for MCC Managed Behavioral Care; or Catherine S. Ballman of MCC Managed Behavioral Care, 612-943-9875/ CO: MCC Managed Behavioral Care; CIGNA ST: Minnesota; Florida IN: INS SU:


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