Aetna may move headquarters out of Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Connecticut is working to ensure that Aetna will remain a major employer in the state.

Aetna Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that the company is in negotiations with several states about moving its headquarters, with the goal of broadening access to innovation and talent.

He said the company remains committed to its employees at its Hartford campus and hopes to finalize its plans by early summer.

Malloy said he believes Aetna will continue to have a large presence in Connecticut. He said the state has offered incentives to keep the insurer, but he believes the company will move its headquarters and some jobs.

Aetna currently employs about 6,000 people in Connecticut. It began in Hartford in 1819 as Aetna Fire Insurance Co.