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Kaiser Permanente Lays Off 530 Employees

The layoffs affect employees throughout Southern California.

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 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 Saturday. “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.

-City News Service

garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"health care rationing"? How do you come to that conclusion? I've got a feeling that when they were handing out brains, they rationed you....mightily!!!!
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Andromeda, you halfwit, Kaiser wont have the employees "doing nothing". If you had READ the article, or have even the tiniest inkiling of how hospitals are run, those layed off will be placed in another job or classification. They wilol be doing something, only in another part of the hospital.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Andromeda, you halfwit, Kaiser wont have the employees "doing nothing". If you had READ the article, or have even the tiniest inkiling of how hospitals are run, those layed off will be placed in another job or classification. They wilol be doing something, only in another part of the hospital.
garagehero December 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I always hgear both sides, especially what the enemy on FAUXNEWS is up to. I dont want to wait until the Brown Shirts are knocking on my door. As for making money, that you would mention something like that, and being that you do reside behind the Orange Curtain, a place well know for having no culture( no philharmonic, no museums of any note, no intelligensia etc...except mickey raton), makes me think you have none. And unlike you, I am not monitoring or trolling these sites. Well, maybe trolling, but all for a good cause....the interuption of misinformation by the Right, and destruction of anti-American clowns like you and andromeda. You think "halfwit" is an insult? Sheesh....maybe you dont watch FAUXNEWS after all.
AMERIKANISCH December 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
You are a very angry person. If you don't live in OC- let alone in Laguna Niguel- I find it odd that you would bother to comment on our blog. I don't know where you live but I would not be putting down where others call home. It's rude. Have a nice life and Happy Holidays.

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