CVS says it will keep Aetna in Hartford

This Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, shows corporate signage at Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Conn. Hartford's Mayor Luke Bronin said Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that he believes Aetna is planning to move its headquarters out of Connecticut. The mayor released a statement saying that he has had multiple conversations with senior leaders at the insurance giant and believes the company decided a long time ago to relocate their corporate headquarters. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

CVS Health Corp. says it has no plans to move Aetna from Connecticut's capital city, reversing last year's announcement by the insurance giant that it would move headquarters to another state.

Friday's statement comes days after New York City halted a $9.6 million incentive package.

CVS Health announced in December it was buying Aetna. At that time, Aetna said all of its locations would be evaluated as part of the merger.

In Friday's statement, CVS said it views Hartford "as the future location of our center of excellence for the insurance business." CVS Health will continue to be headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Aetna traces its roots in Hartford to 1819. It employs about 6,000 people in the state. News of the headquarters moving was seen as a blow to Connecticut.

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