Aetna and the Long Island Health Network Reach New Network Agreement

-- All LIHN hospitals and facilities will be participating for members in all Aetna plans --

UNIONDALE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aetna (NYSE: AET and the Long Island Health Network (LIHN), a clinically integrated joint venture of 10 hospitals located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, today announced a new contract agreement that will enable Aetna members who receive care at any of the LIHN hospitals and facilities to continue to be covered at the in-network level of benefits. The new multi-year contract will be effective on January 1, 2011.

"LIHN has been an excellent partner and we are pleased to continue to provide our members access to their robust network of quality hospitals and physicians on Long Island,” said David Kobus, Aetna senior vice president – Network for New York.

“We greatly value our growing partnership with Aetna,” said LIHN President and CEO Brian Currie. “This agreement, along with Aetna’s support of LIHN’s diabetes management and prevention initiative, all help advance LIHN’s mission to provide affordable, high-quality health care options to individuals and businesses on Long Island.”

The new agreement applies to all Aetna health plan products including Student Health and Medicare. Hospitals included in the agreement are:

  • Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, East Patchogue, NY;
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY;
  • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY;
  • Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, NY;
  • South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY;
  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown, NY;
  • St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY;
  • St. Francis Hospital - The Heart Center, Roslyn, NY;
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage, NY; and
  • Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY.

Aetna serves approximately one million members in Long Island and Metro New York.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 35.4 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com. To learn more about Aetna's innovative online tools, visit www.aetnatools.com.

About Long Island Health Network

The Long Island Health Network was formed in 1998 by 10 pioneering Long Island hospitals for the purpose of improving the health status of their constituents by retaining local access to high-quality, lower-cost healthcare services. LIHN hospitals are committed to improve the quality and effectiveness of their patient care by rigorously applying at every network hospital the most advanced care based on medical evidence. Through their efforts, LIHN continues to make significant strides in enhancing quality, improving efficiency and reducing the costs of healthcare on Long Island. For more information, see www.lihn.org.



CONTACT:

Media Contact:
Aetna
Susan G. Millerick, 860-273-0536
[email protected]
or
LIHN Media Contact:
Mark Preiser, 631-232-3033
[email protected]

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