CIGNA, HealthPartners Join for Alliance

April 18, 2006 ( - HealthPartners and CIGNA HealthCare have reached a long-term alliance offering health plan products using the HealthPartners and CIGNA provider networks to companies with employees living in Minnesota and other states .

A news release said that the alliance offers options that include uniform benefits, competitive provider payment rates, streamlined administration and a focus on care that lowers total cost.

The CIGNA-HealthPartners alliance is designed to offer a coast-to-coast, combined network for the 6,000 Minnesota-based companies that have approximately 2.2 million employees in other states.

This same network will be offered to national companies headquartered elsewhere who have employees in Minnesota, according to the announcement. More information about HealthPartners is at .