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Kaiser to Let Go of Hundreds of Workers

The company was laying off more than 500 people. Areas from the San Gabriel Valley and beyond would likely feel the affect.

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

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it 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."

"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 today. "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 said.

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

Exact layoff locations were not available, a spokeswoman 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.

fred friendly November 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Let us hope that layoffs extend to Northern CA hospitals also, particularly volunteer service departments which are redundant and wasteful of members' revenues.
Trisha Bowler November 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
BJ, That's what I don't understand! If laid off union members collect pay and benefits for one full year then WHY LAY THEM OFF?? Let them work for their pay! Makes no sense at all! (By the way, my family and I have been with Kaiser for 33 years and we love love love it!! I sure hope Obamacare doesn't totally screw them up!!)
Michael November 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
KP sure has a lot of money to run those annoying "thrive" commercials on TV, they must spend more than Toyota. These "non-profits" run a big scam this way spending way more on expensive advertising than a for-profit company could justify.
notsomuch November 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM
ObamaCare........Enough said
Tjm222 November 19, 2012 at 08:13 AM
So much for creating jobs ;)

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