About Humana 500 workers in home health-care unit will be eliminated in the time period of early April, a company official claimed on the day of Wednesday. The job action has nothing to do with the proposed merger of company with insurance giant Aetna, the official said.
Humana spokeswoman Kate Marx stated that the Humana At Home workers affected by the April 3 layoff will get severance and job placement help and in few cases “could be eligible for new positions within Humana.”
Of the Humana 500 workers affected, 88 are in the region of Ohio and the balance in Florida, Marx said. The job action doesn’t impact the health care provider’s 2,200 workers in Cincinnati.
The eight-year-old Humana At Home unit hires nurses and nurse-practitioners with support staff and administrators to bridge Humana clients from a stay in a hospital or other care facility to life back at home. The nurses themselves basically work from home telephoning customers to deal with issues or medical problems. Humana 500 workers will be lay off in Ohio and Florida.
Humana At Home workers were told of the layoff in a conference call Feb. 1 with Mike Franks, a longtime Humana executive now vice president for integrative care.
Humana didn’t put out a public notice of the layoff, and a reader tipped The Enquirer on the day of Tuesday. In confirming the job action, Marx claimed, “From talking with the leaders of this team, this decision wasn’t easy for them and was the outcome of what they have learned in the 8 years since we initiated Humana At Home.
“It is significant to note that assisting our members living with chronic conditions maintain their highest possible quality of life remains the aim of Humana At Home and a crucial element of Humana’s strategy going forward.”
The layoff came a week before Humana declared on the day of Wednesday that for 2016, it made total revenue of almost $55 billion, up 1.3% over the year of 2015. A federal court has temporarily blocked Aetna’s proposed takeover of Humana, after the federal government and various states (involving Ohio) sued to block it as anticompetitive
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