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Arkansas Children’s Hospital to Accept Patients with Aetna Insurance

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (March 12, 2013) – Patients with Aetna health insurance will be able to seek in-network care at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and its clinics starting this month. ACH recently finalized a contract with Aetna that will allow kids in Arkansas covered by Aetna Health Insurance Company to visit physicians and other care providers at the state's only pediatric medical center.

"We are so pleased that this contract will allow us to reach more families throughout the region," said Beth Petlak, executive director of Children's Healthcare System Physician Hospital Organization and vice president of Managed Care and Business Development at ACH. "For ACH, it means being able to provide the very best care available to even more children who need it."

Families who seek treatment at Arkansas Children's Hospital and its clinics will be covered in-network with Aetna beginning March 15.

Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) is one of the nation's leaders in health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, and disability insurance and employee benefits. Aetna reports over 18 million medical members which includes approximately 60,000 members in the state of Arkansas. Aetna provides benefits through employers in all 50 states, with products and services targeted specifically to small, mid-sized and large multi-site national employers.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. For more information, visit

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