Aetna laid off 17 workers Wednesday from an IT application maintenance group as part of an ongoing effort by the company to cut costs, a company spokeswoman said.
Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener said this is part of ongoing cuts. started last year, to Aetna's Innovation, Technology and Service Operations, known by the acronym ITSO, "to more efficiently run our operations and bring our expenses in line with our competitors."
Aetna's ITSO includes a wide range of service operations, including procurement, real estate, IT infrastructure and program-and-delivery testing.
Between late summer 2012 and early 2013, Aetna had plans to eliminate 160 people, including 80 in Connecticut. It was not clear if the 17 people eliminated Wednesday were a part of the 160, but more layoffs may be on the horizon.
"The ITSO initiative and Aetna's efforts in general to reduce our expenses have been ongoing for years and will continue," Michener said.
The company employs about 6,500 people in Connecticut, down from about 6,650 as of Sept. 30, 2012.