Insurers offering free counseling after Boston Marathon explosions

By BenefitsPro

By Kathryn Mayer

In the wake of Monday’s terror attack on the Boston Marathon, insurers are offering their help.

Cigna and Aetna said Tuesday they were opening up free telephone consultations to help people deal with trauma and grief related to the Monday attacks.

Cigna’s behavioral health unit is offering consultations for the next two weeks, putting callers in touch with qualified clinicians who are skilled at helping people cope with traumatic events.

People with health benefits or employee assistance program benefits with Cigna should call the telephone number on their Cigna ID card, the insurer said.

People who don’t have health benefits or employee assistance program benefits with Cigna can call 1-866-912-1687 24 hours a day. “We grieve for those who lost their lives or were injured in Boston, and for their families,” Cigna President and 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.”

Aetna also opened its student and employee assistance program lines for anyone having difficulty coping with the event.

The number to call is 1-888-AETNA-EAP (1-888-238-6232).

“Our hearts go out to those at the Boston Marathon, their families and friends,” Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman, CEO and president, said Tuesday. “Aetna’s focus is on helping those affected get the help they need to move forward from this unthinkable event.”

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