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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, including some in the Inland Empire, 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

julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Carol pretends to miss the point, unable to admit he is foolish for defending trash mouth, and unable to admit he is a hypocrite lol. Ethan continues to show everyone how dumb he is by calling names. Any insults from you two could not possibly offend anyone, you are both idiots.
julie dawson November 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The day I place my baby's picture on here, and spew racist hate, is the day you can call me uneducated Ethan/Dennis/Sam.LOL Seriously Ethan/Sam Dennis, you truly are uneducated and ignorant, please take your baby's picture off here. I feel sorry for your baby, no innocent child deserves an ignorant father like you. I know spewing your hate makes you feel better, but being proud of your ignorance, shows how truly dumb you are.
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Julie, how's your conservatism going?? Having fun yet??? Where's you candidate that was going to save the world???? At home....sent home by America. America slammed your ideology down on the ground and wet on it. The Tea Party...LOL!!! Republicans now realize that they have to put their country first by rejecting Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge. That means for simple minds that conservatives believe in something that could HURT America. Well--dah. Julie I have proved my education level and have nothing else to worry about........at least not in a career sense.
Ethan Edwards November 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Julie Lynette Dawson, you haven't even experienced life yet, enough to have any opinions. Grow up some, say twenty years from now and then come back and tell me about all the life you have seen. At 36, you are a baby.
Carl Petersen III November 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM
julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "Carol pretends to miss the point, unable to admit he is foolish for defending trash mouth, and unable to admit he is a hypocrite" From Dictionary.com: "hyp·o·crite noun 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements." julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "Ethan continues to show everyone how dumb he is by calling names." julie dawson 2:33 pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 “What wisdom you have Ethan wowwwwww an older white male, you do nothing for the poor you are but a creep.” julie dawson “Hi Sam/Dennis/Ethan, have you changed your underwear yet? You are an uneducated racist, and a bigot, not to mention the most uneducated ignoramus on the patch.” julie dawson 3:14 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2012 "you are both idiots."

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