OptumRx Announces Major Expansion in Oklahoma City
*New Jobs For Pharmacists, Pharmacist Technicians and Customer Service
Advocates who will serve millions of consumers from across the country
*Oklahoma City facility brings UnitedHealth Group’s presence in Oklahoma to
more than 500 employees by end of 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- March 25, 2013
OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and one of
the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), announced an expansion
in Oklahoma City, where employees will serve the health care needs of millions
The announcement was made at a news conference today in Oklahoma City attended
by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe and Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of
“UnitedHealth Group strives to stay ahead of changing demands in the market
for health care, so that we are always prepared to help people get the
high-quality, affordable care they need,” said Hemsley. “The new positions we
are announcing today will help us quickly adapt to the changes in a more
consumer-focused health marketplace.”
"Oklahoma is among the states with the lowest unemployment rates, and I am
confident that this is a result of the state's pro-business leadership and our
hard-working Oklahomans,” said Inhofe. “OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group's
recent decision to expand their operation in the state is a strong sign that
Oklahoma will continue to pave the way for industry as businesses relocate to
and grow with the state of Oklahoma."
“I am pleased that Optum and UnitedHealth Group recognize Oklahoma’s
high-quality workforce and excellent business climate,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.
“The jobs UnitedHealth Group has created here over the past months shows that
Oklahoma is a premier destination for the growth of innovative businesses such
as Optum. I look forward to a long and successful partnership between Optum
The company will hire Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (who must be
licensed to work in Oklahoma), in addition to Customer Service Advocates and a
variety of positions involving training and quality management. The company
expects the facility to be fully staffed by the end of this year to help
ensure OptumRx is prepared to serve UnitedHealthcare employer and individual
health plan participants.
“OptumRx has experienced significant growth and is expanding in Oklahoma to
support that growth,” said Dirk McMahon, CEO, OptumRx. “Oklahoma’s
business-friendly environment and exceptional workforce make the state a
natural partner for OptumRx in our efforts to make the health care system work
better for everyone, and help Americans live healthier lives.”
The Oklahoma City facility manages mail service order intake and customer
service in support of OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group’s pharmaceutical,
insurance and health and wellness programs. From Jan. 1, 2012, through the end
of this year, the company will have created more than 135 new jobs in Oklahoma
Hiring is now underway and people with health care or customer service
experience are encouraged to apply online
(http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/.aspx; search for Oklahoma City).
UnitedHealth Group currently serves the health care needs of more than 360,000
UnitedHealth Group supports the “100,000 Jobs Mission,” a coalition of U.S.
corporations sharing the goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members
and military veterans by 2020. UnitedHealth Group will actively recruit
military service members and veterans through targeted outreach and hiring and
OptumRx is currently the third-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the United
States, with distinctive expertise and resources, and a proven track record
that has led to significant growth with both external and internal customers.
The company processes nearly 350 million adjusted retail, mail service and
specialty drug prescriptions annually.
OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy benefit management organization managing the
prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare and other governmental
health plans, as well as those of employers and unions through a national
network of 66,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art mail service
pharmacies in California and Kansas, both of which have earned the prestigious
Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation by the
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. Visit www.optum.com for more
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business
dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Optum is
comprised of three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx –
representing more than 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver
intelligent solutions that modernize the health system, improve overall
population health and support Sustainable Health Communities. Optum serves the
broad health care marketplace, including care providers, plan sponsors,
government agencies, life sciences companies and consumers.
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