Cigna Applauds “Milestone for Babies” With March of Dimes Sponsorship

Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:00am EDT

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Cigna`s 19th Annual National Sponsorship Bolsters MOD`s 75 Years of Service

* Cigna has contributed $27 million to March of Dimes 
* Nearly 70,000 Cigna employees have shared the "healthy babies" mission

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(Business Wire)--
Recognizing an important historical milestone for the March of Dimes, Cigna
(NYSE: CI) today announced the kick-off of its 19th annual March for Babies
Campaign. Since 1995, Cigna has been national sponsor of March of Dimes March
for Babies events nationwide. 

This is a special year for March of Dimes as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938 established the organization to fight polio.
Today its mission is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the
problems that threaten the health of babies -- a perfect complement to Cigna's
mission to help people improve their health and well-being. 

Cigna has been a big part of the March of Dimes success story. Since 1995, its
annual March for BabiesCampaign has served as a highly visible and effective
demonstration of its commitment to helping families everywhere enjoy healthy
futures. Over the past 18 years, 69,498Cigna people have participated in various
March for Babies events. Together, Cigna, its people, and the Cigna Foundation
have contributed more than $27 million to the March of Dimes. 

"One of the most important steps we can take in helping people improve their
health and well-being is to give our smallest people the best start we can,"
said Dr. Alan Muney, Cigna's chief medical officer and co-chair of the company`s
March of Dimes Campaign. "We`re enormously proud that this long-term partnership
of Cigna and its people with the March of Dimes has made a direct, measurable
difference in the health of babies." 

"Having babies preterm carries huge financial impact as well as emotional
hardship for families," said Ann Asbaty, chief operating officer of national
accounts for Cigna and a campaign co-chair. "According to the March of Dimes,
the cost to have a healthy baby from birth to her or his first birthday is
$4,551. For a preterm baby, the cost is $49,033. Reducing preterm birth helps
reduce this burden on families and employers, who often pay these bills." 

Cigna employees and their friends and families will take part in March for
Babies walks in Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and in
other cities and towns throughout the country. The March for Babies is the March
of Dimes signature fundraiser - with over 900 walks nationwide. Last year more
than 2,600 people walked with Team Cigna and together we raised $1.03 million
for March of Dimes. 

About Cigna and the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna
Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports
organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and
families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those
communities where Cigna employees live and work. To learn more about Cigna®,
including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com. 

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby
health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the
March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth
defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and
information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and
follow us on Twitter.

Cigna
Judy Hartling, 860-226-6272
Judy.Hartling@cigna.com


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