Job Description

Exciting opportunity for Legal Counsel position with a dynamic team.  Aetna is seeking an experienced Legal Counsel with Medicare experience to provide legal guidance, interpretation, advice and recommendations for action to internal stakeholders and senior/executive management regarding federal/state regulations in the healthcare industry.

Fundamental Components

·  Provides legal, public policy, and as appropriate, business counseling with respect to prospective, new and existing business activities.
·  Advises clients with respect to the application of statutes and regulations to the Company’s business activities.
·  Identifies and analyzes recently enacted laws, regulations and sub-regulatory guidance and determine their applicability to Aetna’s business, products, and services.
·  Conducts significant legal research, translates business requirements into plain language, and documents and distributes legal summaries for internal business clients.
·  Summarizes significant legal requirements for business areas to identify impact and action steps to address.
·  Drafts and executes legal documents.
·  Reviews contracts for new  vendors and subcontractors.
·  Establishes constructive regulatory relationships and represents the Company in proceedings with state regulators and other administrative forums.
·  Supports provider contracting activities.
·  Provides legal expertise to companywide initiatives, projects or specialized legal matters
· Serves as a resource to other lawyers in the Law Department with respect to matters of state or federal laws, regulations and statutes.
·  Protects and promotes the interests of the Company, its customers and shareholders.
·  Complies with applicable legal requirements.
·  Collaborates with other subject matter experts, including, other internal counsel, Senior Counsel, Government Affairs, Privacy and  Compliance.
·  Performs special research projects assigned.
·  Provides work guidance to other legal professionals, paralegals and support staff in developing solutions to problems presented.
·  Provides business sensitive and balanced advice/legal counsel.

Background Experience

 ·  Strong preference for demonstrated working knowledge of the legal landscape applicable to Medicare, both Parts C and D.
·  Strong preference for demonstrated working knowledge of federal  insurance laws, and the relationship between state and federal laws; however, State and governmental expertise is a plus.
·  Preference for demonstrated working knowledge of Federal laws concerning health care and health insurance law including federal healthcare reform, HIPAA, ERISA, and federal mental health parity.
·  Minimum of 5 years and preferably at least 6 of post-bar experience in a law firm and/or in-house/corporate settings.
·  Experience clerking for a judge or with  state and federal courts or legislation.
·  Experience providing legal advice and counsel to internal customers preferred
·  Have or able to quickly develop an understanding of Aetna’s products and services with background in Medicare strongly preferred
·  Experience demonstrating solid business and legal judgment
·  Demonstrated excellent problem-solving skills
·  Demonstrated expertise with legal acumen, drafting and analytical skills
·  Experience demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills
·  Experience demonstrating high level of interpersonal skills and diplomatic finesse
·  Admitted to practice law in at least one state and in good standing of applicable bar association(s).
·  The minimum level of education desired for candidates in this position is a JD.

Additional Job Information

This job should not be used outside of the Law & Regulatory Affairs department without compensation approval.

Required Skills

General Business – Demonstrating Business and Industry Acumen, Leadership – Collaborating for Results, Leadership – Driving Change

Desired Skills

Leadership – Anticipating and Innovating, Leadership – Collaborating for Results, Leadership – Driving Change

Job Group


Primary Location (City, State)


Additional Locations

GA-Atlanta, TN-Franklin, TX-San Antonio

Potential Telework Position


Percent of Travel Required

0 – 10%

Full or Part Time

Full Time

Supervisory Responsibilities


EEO Statement

Aetna is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Benefits Program

Benefit eligibility may vary by position. Click here to review the benefits associated with this position.

Candidate Privacy Information

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