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CIGNA'S HEALTHY BABIES PROGRAM DELIVERS RESULTS

 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A study of CIGNA's (NYSE: CI) Healthy Babies employee program shows the initiative's first year delivered twin sources of pride: participants' pregnancies overall were healthier and less complicated than non-participants' pregnancies; and CIGNA's estimated cost savings from the nationwide program topped $500,000.
 "The program results reinforce our belief in the value of prenatal programs in the workplace," said Stewart Beltz, director of CIGNA Employee Health Management, which coordinates the Healthy Babies program. "That value is measured in a substantially increased number of healthy babies, positive birth experiences for our employees and their families and a savings of $5,000 per birth."
 The Healthy Babies study, conducted by CIGNA using statistically comparable data collected from May 1, 1991, to June 30, 1992, compared indemnity claims of 280 program participants to a group of 2,000 CIGNA employees who did not participate in the program. The study showed that:
 -- There were no low-birthweight or premature babies born to Healthy Babies program participants, but 16 percent among non participants.
 -- Eighty percent of Healthy Babies participants' births were considered "normal" or without complications versus 50 percent for non participants.
 -- The average cost per birth for Healthy Babies participants was $3,091 versus $8,565 for non-participants. Most of the difference is attributed to the premature deliveries. (According to the March of Dimes, the average cost per birth in America is approximately $4,300 for a normal birth).
 Beltz noted that one extreme case in the non participant group -- a premature birth involving more than 200 days of hospitalization and costs in excess of $500,000 -- was removed from the final results because it was considered an aberration and would have skewed the average cost figures significantly.
 "Although we chose not to include that birth in the study, it underscores the impact one birth with complications could have and the savings you may derive from early and effective prenatal care," Beltz said.
 CIGNA's Healthy Babies program, instituted in 1991, provides expectant mothers with educational materials and rewards early and regular prenatal care with a $50 savings bond. Since its inception, more than 2,500 employees and eligible spouses and dependents have participated in the program nationwide. Healthy Babies is part of CIGNA's Working Well program, a corporate-wide employee health promotion initiative designed to support employees' efforts to improve personal health and well-being.
 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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