New jobs will serve U.S. Defense Department’s TRICARE program, support nearly 3 million service members, veterans and their families – including about 250,000 Coloradoans
· Brings UnitedHealth Group’s Colorado workforce to more than 1,500
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (March 19, 2013)– UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, today announced the creation of 230 new jobs in Colorado Springs, expanding its already significant presence in Colorado.
UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will become the Managed Care Support Contractor for the West Region of the U.S. Defense Department’s TRICARE program on April 1, 2013. The new Colorado Springs Beneficiary and Provider Service Center will be the primary telephone customer service center for nearly 3 million TRICARE beneficiaries and their health care providers in the West Region.
As the managed care support contractor for the TRICARE West region, UnitedHealthcare will provide managed care for service members, retirees and their families in 21 Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excluding Rock Island Arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (excluding the St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, portions of Texas (including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
“Colorado is a state with a dynamic workforce and leaders who have developed a business-friendly environment,” said Stephen J. Hemsley, President and CEO of UnitedHealth Group. “The people of Colorado Springs have a profound appreciation of the military, and we are eager to have them be a part of our work.”
“In Colorado we’ve made caring for our veterans a top priority, including in Colorado Springs where the community has come together to stand up for those who have stood for us,” Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet said. “It’s appropriate that these jobs designed to help deliver health care to veterans are coming to the state. We welcome UnitedHealthcare and these new jobs and look forward to working with them to ensure that our veterans have efficient access to quality care.”
The Colorado Springs area is the home of U.S. Army Base Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy. Nearly 250,000 eligible TRICARE West beneficiaries live in Colorado.
The new jobs will bring UnitedHealth Group’s Colorado workforce to more than 1,500 people, serving the health care needs of more than 1 million Coloradoans. Last June, UnitedHealth Group announced the creation of 550 jobs in Centennial, Colo., for its Optum business.
“We are pleased that UnitedHealthcare is entrusting the vital work of helping America’s service members, retirees and their families to the people of Colorado Springs, and appreciate that UnitedHealth Group continues to see Colorado as an excellent business partner,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“Colorado Springs is home to a highly educated, dynamic workforce that understands the unique health care needs of our military community,” said U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “Choosing to locate this new service center in Colorado Springs is a smart move by UnitedHealthcare. It ensures our veterans, military members and their families will get the personal attention and consideration they deserve from customer service representatives. Beneficiaries will also get an expanded network of health care providers, thanks to UnitedHealthcare’s aggressive efforts to bring on more doctors.
“It is an honor for our community to enter into this partnership with UnitedHealthcare, and we look forward to helping our military families access top quality health care,” Lamborn added.