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More than 300 UnitedHealthcare Phoenix employees to be laid off

Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 01:40:21-04

More than 300 employees at UnitedHealthcare in Phoenix will be notified on Thursday that they will be laid off, according to a company spokesperson. 

The company said Wednesday that the layoffs are specific to 381 positions that support the Military and Veterans TriCare West Region contract, jobs that are all based in Phoenix. 

According to the spokesperson, UnitedHealthcare had a contract with TriCare to be managed support for military and veterans. In May, the Department of Defense decided to end the contract. 

The contract ends on December 31 for UnitedHealthcare as another healthcare provider will be picking it up on January 1.

The company said employees are "well aware" of the change, and the company has been hosting town hall meetings, virtual job fairs, and career training to help anyone affected.

Nearly 200 other employees have already been repositioned within the company. 

UnitedHealthcare is now working with the 381 employees receiving layoff notices to find positions in the company. 

The company said they are committed to continuing to serve healthcare needs for all veteran and military members under this contract until it transitions to a new carrier on December 31. 

Bruce Jasurda, Vice President of Communications of UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans released the following statement:

In the wake of DOD's decision, UnitedHealthcare is helping affected employees get new jobs internally, and remains committed to having a substantial presence through our other services in the state of Arizona.