International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Cigna Announce Three-Year Strategic Partnership Cigna supports health and wellness plans for local governments with educational program opportunities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, and Cigna, a global health services company, today announced the signing of a three-year agreement. The strategic partnership enables Cigna to reinforce its goal of helping local governments improve the health and wellness of their employees and dependents, while serving as the exclusive healthcare sponsor for ICMA.

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As part of the new agreement, Cigna is as an Executive-Level Strategic Partner and Diamond-Level Annual Conference Sponsor.

"Cigna has long been a strong supporter of local government and improving the quality of life among our employees," said ICMA Executive Director Bob O'Neill. "This continued relationship with Cigna will allow us to further enhance the range and scope of the professional development opportunities available through our national and regional conferences as well as year 'round through all of our digital and print mediums and, in turn, assist us in achieving our mission of enhancing the health and wellness of our government employees."

"Cigna offers unique health and wellness benefits and services to local government employees and their families with proven successes that accomplish both health improvement and the reduction of health care costs. We are pleased to continue our longstanding support of ICMA and the opportunity to support local governments," says Sheila McGinley, president of Cigna's government segment.

Activities that will take place under the ICMA-Cigna agreement include a range of support for health benefit education and awareness such as: the development of ICMA Annual Conference program content; sponsorship by Cigna of health and active living topic pages on the Local Government Knowledge Network co-created by ICMA; web and print content and white paper development and publishing. The agreement goes into effect immediately and covers the calendar years of 2012, 2013, and 2014.

About ICMA

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. Our mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.  The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.

About Cigna

Cigna (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Cigna Corporation's operating subsidiaries in the United States provide an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions and has approximately 66 million customer relationships throughout the world. All products and services are provided exclusively by such operating subsidiaries and not by Cigna Corporation. Such operating subsidiaries include Life Insurance Company of North America, Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, and Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. To learn more about Cigna, visit http://www.cigna.com/employersandorganizations/taft-hartley-federal-plans. To sign up for email alerts or an RSS feed of company news, log on to http://newsroom.cigna.com/rss. Also, follow us on Twitter at @cigna, visit Cigna's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cigna and listen to Cigna's podcast series with healthy tips and information at http://www.cigna.com/podcasts or by searching "Cigna" in iTunes.

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