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SAN DIEGO – One of the nation’s largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in San Diego County, a company official confirmed.

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. “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.

7 comments

  • gloria

    In response to the only comment. You righty’s don’t quit. Slow learners, that’s why you lost election. Wake up.

    • Linda

      You are so right Gloria!! It's all about greed. Read the news articles on record profits for Kaiser, the you right wing tea baggers tell me about Obama care…it's the corporate greed that is causing the cuts…NOT healthcare…what a bunch of idiots!!! Oh Gloria, they steam me!!! lol…sorry!!

  • Annonymous Kaiser Nurse

    They are doing the right thing. In order for the company to work smarter they need to get rid of the unions!!! You have to be flexible these days with your workforce to stat competitive. Unions prevent those that want to work with management toward achieving goals of better care. If you want to do something creative one day the next day your faced with needing new job descriptions.

    • SmarterRN

      Well Ms Kaiser Nurse you should educate yourself to the history of Kaiser and how they have been operating for the last 20 yrs. You might see the dishonesty. How come this Not for Profit organization has made record "profits" since 2009 and the CEO and top 5 executives have received 34% pay in pay raises since 2009. Good old George H now makes 8.9 Mill a year. Kaiser is not hurting they are just trying to stay way ahead of Sutter for the market share and profit to be made

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