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DATE:
 October 20, 2005
CONTACT: Denny Hopkins
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CIGNA TEAMS UP WITH TOPS MARKETS AND MARTIN'S SUPER FOOD STORES TO MARKET MEDICARE PART D PLANS
Bloomfield, CT - October 20, 2005 - CIGNA HealthCare today announced that it has agreed with Tops Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores to co-brand CIGNA's CIGNATURE Rx Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and collaborate on co-sponsored educational communications for distribution in Tops and Martin's pharmacies.

Under the agreement, Tops, Martin's and CIGNA will jointly inform and educate customers about the CIGNATURE Rx Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Tops and Martin's parent Ahold has selected CIGNA HealthCare as the only Medicare Part D prescription drug plan sponsor with which it will co-brand a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan card.

"We are pleased to work with Tops and Martin's to offer people access to our simple, affordable Medicare Part D prescription drug plans," said Terri Swanson, vice president of CIGNA Senior Care. "Since Tops and Martin's are industry leaders, our partnership helps provide CIGNA Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries in the Northeast convenient access. We look forward to working with Tops and Martin's to educate beneficiaries on the new prescription drug benefit and the CIGNATURE Rx plan options."

In alliance with NationsHealth, Inc., CIGNA will offer three different CIGNATURE RxSM Medicare Part D plan options with varying levels of coverage. Options will include a no-deductible plan and a plan that provides an increased level of coverage for generic drugs through the coverage gap. Each of the options will feature broad access to prescription drugs. Plan participants will be able to obtain their prescriptions at any of the more than 50,000 CIGNATURE Rx participating network pharmacies nationwide, including 113 Tops and Martin's pharmacies around the country.

"Through our pharmacies, it is Tops and Martin's missions to keep our customers healthy and well taken care of, and our partnership with CIGNA will enable us to do that better than ever," said Leigh Shirley, Vice President of Pharmacy. "With this initiative, we will be able to not only give our Medicare customers the option for an accessible drug care plan, but also provide them with the informational materials to make the right decision."

CIGNA will make educational information available to Tops and Martin's customers at pharmacy departments in each of their retail locations. Customers who enroll will be issued a co-branded prescription drug card allowing prescriptions to be filled at CIGNA network participating pharmacies, including any Tops and Martin's pharmacies.

In addition to welcoming CIGNA Part D Prescription plan cards at its pharmacies, Tops and Martin's will also accept Medicare Part D prescription drug cards from the other Medicare Part D providers approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

About Tops Markets Tops Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. Tops currently operates 146 Tops Markets, 4 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 18,000 associates, Tops serves a three state market area. For more information about Tops Markets or Martin's Super Food Store, visit the companies' websites at www.topsmarkets.com or www.martinsuperfood.com. About CIGNA CIGNA will offer its Medicare Part D plans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in alliance with NationsHealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: NHRX, NHRXU, NHRXW). The alliance combines CIGNA's pharmacy product capabilities with NationsHealth's experience in service and distribution to the Medicare population.

CIGNA HealthCare, headquartered in Bloomfield, CT, provides medical benefits plans, dental coverage, behavioral health coverage, pharmacy benefits, and products and services that integrate and analyze information to support consumerism and health advocacy. "CIGNA" and "CIGNA HealthCare" refers to various operating subsidiaries of CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI). Products and services are provided by these operating subsidiaries and not by CIGNA Corporation.

 

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