UnitedHealthcare Announces 230 New Jobs in Colorado Springs
*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
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
“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
“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.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier
lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The
company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals,
employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and
other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million
people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work
better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms:
UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services;
and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 80 million people
worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.
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