A health insurer says it will continue to pay a portion of profits to shareholders.

The board of Aetna Inc., Hartford, has agreed to maintain the company’s annual cash dividend on common stock at 4 cents per share.

Aetna will pay the dividend Nov. 28, 2008, to shareholders who hold its stock Nov. 13.

Aetna also paid a 4-cent-per-share dividend in 2007.