Almost a month after saying it will evaluate operations following monetary difficulties, Kaiser Permanente Colorado introduced Monday that it’s shedding about 200 workers within the state.
Kaiser, the biggest insurer in Colorado, mentioned the layoffs are being made to “tackle redundancies” in administrative and non-patient associated positions. The affected workers have been notified Nov. 2.
“As we’ve got beforehand shared, we’re making operational enhancements to make sure we’re assembly and exceeding our members’ expectations for high quality, service and affordability,” spokeswoman Amy Whited mentioned in an emailed assertion. “An vital a part of this effort is having the suitable individuals in the suitable jobs to finest serve our members.”
Final month, Kaiser advised The Denver Publish that it will evaluate operations after recording losses of $65 million for the final three years. The insurer mentioned growing hospital costs have been the principle purpose for the losses and that it was contemplating taking a extra confrontational method with hospitals because of this.
Kaiser has greater than eight,000 workers in Colorado, a part of 290,000 nationwide.
Workers affected by the layoffs will obtain 60 days of administrative pay, along with severance, a Kaiser spokesperson mentioned.
Kaiser additionally mentioned there was an “faulty cancellation of membership” for six,000 of its Medicaid members on Monday. The insurer didn’t say what prompted the cancellation of these memberships.
Kaiser has about 40,000 Medicaid members within the state.
“It’s crucial to notice, these affected are nonetheless in a position to obtain care at Kaiser Permanente and we’re nonetheless seeing these members for his or her appointments as we speak,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.