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Kaiser Permanente Laying Off 500-Plus Employees

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border.

One of the nation's largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, a company official confirmed Saturday.

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of
one percent of its employees -- would be spread across its 65,700 employees
and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican
border.

Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will
get income and benefits for a year.

Many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects "significant membership growth," a statement issued by the company read.

"Health care in America is in the midst of one of the most exciting and
challenging times in its history, the firm said in a statement.

"We have undertaken a series of cost-reduction initiatives to ensure we meet these changing dynamics, and they include some position eliminations.

"It is important to note that none of these position eliminations will
in any way jeopardize the quality of patient care, which is always our primary
focus," the corporate statement read.

Nationwide, the health care industry is undergoing structural changes to
adopt to the new federal Affordable Health Care Act -- commonly called
Obamacare.

Information on the exact layoff locations was not available, a spokesperson said, because some of the affected employees may be offered other vacant positions as it makes staffing adjustments next week.

A union official told the Inland Daily Bulletin that the laid-off employees will be able to take advantage of a retraining and education program that will keep them paid and insured for up to one year.

 

Mariana Zuelsdorf November 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I agree, Charles. In order to stay with our current (private practice) Primary Care physician, we are now paying $3,600/yr out of pocket. Plus we have Medicare, and a supplemental health insurance for which we pay. I may soon be selling apples on the street corner. Private physicians will end up not taking new patients under Obamacare, or cutting back their practice. It's a cattle drive so get in line. Good luck because I think the quality and time with your doctor will suffer. Gee, Steve, people said that same thing about Bush, and we know how he is judged now.
Hal November 19, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Bonus time for the CEO is coming up so they've got to get rid of some jobs to pay for his millions.
Goodbye to loyalty Hello Greed November 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I have been in the health insurance for over 20 years. I witnessed premiums going from $180.00 for family coverage to $1500.00 for family coverage. In some cases $1500.00 is a mortgage payment or rent. I sold small business plans, and in the last two years I heard nothing but how premiums are too high and they can't afford both workmen's compensation and Health insurance for their employees, let alone for their own family. The fact of over 500 employees being laid off is just the start of it. As more small business shut down do to being taxed more and having to provide medical for employees and their families means more job loss. As far as medicare goes, My mother in-law who now in her 80's has gone from $0 premium cost to over $200.00 a month plus and increase in copayment and prescriptions. It's just horrible too think of how many seniors received a cut in benefits and higher premiums after working for a company over 30 years. I agree with Hal, Bonus time for the CEO's. Just like giving money to the banks to help people save their homes. What joke more people lost their homes while CEO's received raises and luxury vacations. GREED!
MARK November 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Again thank Mr. Cool. You probably voted for him.
William November 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Silly bryce Kaiser is a non-profit- So Pluh-Leeeze!!! Gimme a break! Boo-hoo-

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