Aetna, Cigna offer free counseling after Boston Marathon bombings

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday that left three people dead and more than 100 people injured, two big insurers quickly reached out to the terrorized community to offer support and services.

Both Aetna and Cigna are offering free phone consultations to anyone--regardless of whether they're covered by either insurer--coping with the tragedy. The insurers said their behavioral health professionals are trained and experienced in assisting people through traumatic events.

"Our hearts go out to those at the Boston Marathon, their families and friends," Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in a statement. "Aetna's focus is on helping those affected get the help they need to move forward from this unthinkable event."

Aetna also released two documents in its statement addressing how to recover from trauma and loss and coping with sadness after a loss.

"We grieve for those who lost their lives or were injured in Boston, and for their families," Cigna CEO David Cordani said in a statement. "We take comfort in all of the good and decent people who have come to the aid of those who need it."

Cigna said its behavioral health counselors would be offering free consults for two weeks; Aetna didn't specify a timeline for its free services.

To learn more:
- here's the Cigna statement
- check out the Aetna statement