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Senators send 2nd letter to Aetna CEO following unanswered questions — 5 key points

Several Democratic senators sent a second letter to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, demanding answers as to why the payer left the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to Morning Consult.

Here are five key points:

1. The senators sent a letter to Mr. Bertolini earlier in September, but did not receive a response to their questions.

2. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sent the letter to Mr. Bertolini.

3. Aetna claimed the Department of Justice's review of its Humana merger attributed to the payer's marketplace withdrawal, yet the senators say this is not a sufficient enough reason to exit in their first letter.

4. To conclude the initial letter, senators asked Mr. Bertolini a series of questions and demanded a response by Sept. 15.

5. In the second letter, the senators wrote, "Our September 8th letter included a number of questions about the nature of Aetna's 'unrecoverable costs' and asked why, despite the risks to shareholders and to insured customers, Aetna included them as a condition of the Humana merger deal. Your response did not address a single one of those questions."

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