Malloy: CVS to keep Aetna's HQs in Hartford

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But those plans were put on hold after CVS Health Corp. said in December that it was buying Aetna for $69 billion in a deal that would help the drugstore chain reach deeper into customer health care and protect a key client. The governor said he was "thrilled" that Aetna will "call Hartford home" and build upon "a strong legacy of success dating back to 1853".

"We have no plans to relocate Aetna's operations from Hartford and, in fact, view Hartford as the future location of our center of excellence for the insurance business", CVS spokeswoman Carolyn Castel said in an email.

Malloy took Friday's announcement by CVS as confirmation that CT is a "tremendous place to do business" with talented workers and a good quality of life.

New York City economic development officials said they were rescinding a previous offer of some $9.6 million in tax breaks. Aetna said at the time the merger was announced that all of its locations would be evaluated as part of its integration with CVS. "My administration will continue to work with CVS Health's leadership team to ensure that their footprint in Hartford is maintained not only for the short-term, but in the long-run as well".

At the time that Aetna announced its decision to leave Hartford, where it has been based since 1853, the insurer said it chose to move to NY to tap a more robust pool of talent as it sought to reposition itself as a consumer-oriented health company.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released a statement on the announcement.

Nearly immediately after the merger was announced in early December, an Aetna spokesman said the company's real estate, including the headquarters move, would be evaluated by CVS management during the merger integration planning.

CVS has said that Aetna will be operated as a "stand-alone" business. He also referred to Connecticut's continuing state budget woes.

At that point, many in CT believed that Aetna might stay after all. "But I'm hopeful this decision is a sign that the company's new, permanent leadership will have their priorities straight once again", Murphy said in a statement on Friday. "And we're glad they made that choice".