- Associated Press - Sunday, February 5, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and Hartford leaders say they’re concerned healthcare insurance giant Aetna might downsize or relocate its corporate headquarters from Hartford to Boston.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/2kftD1Q ) Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter - all Democrats - are in contact with Aetna, as are officials in Massachusetts.

Ritter said the company with roughly 6,100 employees in Connecticut, many in Hartford, is a critical pillar of the local economy.

Aetna has been headquartered in the state capitol since its founding in 1853 and its brick campus is a visible city landmark. The concerns come after the company’s proposed merger with Louisville-based Humana was blocked by the courts recently.

An Aetna spokesman said the company won’t comment on speculation. Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker also declined to comment.

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