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CIGNA WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR

 HARTFORD, Conn., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- CIGNA Employee Benefits Companies announced today the appointment of W. Allen Schaffer, M.D., F.A.C.P., as national medical director of its employee benefits division.
 Dr. Schaffer comes to CIGNA from Aetna Life & Casualty where he is head of professional affairs for Aetna Health Plans. From 1985 to 1990 he was employed at Humana, Inc., where he was responsible for clinical operations for its 183 national clinic system. He then became head of Humana's national quality management program. Prior to that, Dr. Schaffer practiced internal medicine and founded and operated a network of primary care medical group offices in Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans.
 "We're pleased that Dr. Schaffer is bringing his more than 18 years experience in managed care and quality management to the CIGNA team," said Michael Stocker, M.D., president of CIGNA Healthplan, in making the announcement. "His expertise in quality management will contribute to CIGNA's focus on creating an accountable, quality health care system," Dr. Stocker added.
 An internist, Dr. Schaffer received his medical degree in 1975 from the University of Washington in Seattle. He trained at the Tulane Service of Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Dr. Schaffer is board certified in internal medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and has been published in a number of medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
 CIGNA Healthplan, Inc. is the largest investor-owned operator of health maintenance organizations in the United States, serving the healthcare needs of more than 2.6 million members in 47 markets nationally. In addition, CIGNA's networks of preferred provider organizations (PPOs) service another 900,000 consumers in 55 markets.
 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: Mary Scanlon of CIGNA, 203-726-4675/
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