Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans Inc. laid off about 150 employees including 115 in Florida on Thursday to adapt to changing conditions and requirements of federal and state government programs, a company spokesman said.
The government programs were not identified in the reductions affecting 3 percent of the company’s workforce that took place immediately.
“WellCare is streamlining several departments and eliminating positions across the company,” said Jack Maurer, WellCare’s Vice President, Corporate Communications.
“While letting go of good people is never pleasant, the company’s management is confident that by making these difficult decisions, we will reduce costs and ensure the company’s success going forward.”
The company expects to add nearly 500 jobs in Florida based on potential contract awards with Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration as part of the state’s Managed Medical Assistance program, Maurer said.
“These are completely different positions than those eliminated today. And, because our Tampa team serves all of our plans nationwide, as our business grows across the country, our operations in Tampa expand.
WellCare Health Plans provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare.