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Highmark lays off 120 employees, including 43 in Camp Hill

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Pittsburgh-based Highmark laid off 43 employees in its Camp Hill office today as part of a 120-person companywide restructuring, according to spokesman Aaron Billger.

The layoffs were predominantly in the IT department, Billger said, and Highmark expects to hire for 96 positions in the coming months. The restructuring is part of the company’s adaption to the changing health care environment, he said, and the goal is to align the right resources to increase efficiencies and streamline operations.

All of the displaced employees got severance packages, Billger said.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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donkle said:
I have some knowledge of this and the 96 workers that they will be hiring will be from Accenture and will be located in India. Instead of training the workers in the US, they chose to cut them, pay severance and pay cheaper costs in India.

February 13, 2014 12:06 pm

vince phillips said:
Another explanation is that Highmark like other insurers has no choice but to cut staff expenses given the arbitrary medical loss ratio from Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. I hate to see anyone losing their jobs and it particularly rankles me that the Federal Government may be ultimately responsible for the layoffs because of the health care law.

February 12, 2014 11:35 am

cogster said:
This is just a way for Highmark to get rid of higher paid employees and replace them with lower paid people. I wonder if the new hires will be contractors from Accenture and will they be located in India?
I retired from Highmark last year, so I know how they operate....

February 12, 2014 7:48 am



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