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UnitedHealth Group Creates Nearly 1,500 New Jobs in Texas; Including 155 at UnitedHealthcare in Harlingen
HARLINGEN, Texas (June 26, 2012) – UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), the nation’s leading health benefits and services company, announced today it is creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in Texas, expanding its already significant presence in the state.
The number includes 115 new jobs at UnitedHealthcare’s operations center in Harlingen to serve its growing number of plan participants in the Lone Star state. The additional 115 jobs in Harlingen will bring the total number of employees at this facility to more than 500 by the end of this year. UnitedHealthcare is the industry-leading health benefits business of UnitedHealth Group.
The job openings in Harlingen are part of approximately 1,500 new jobs UnitedHealth Group businesses are offering in the state, announced by Texas Governor Rick Perry and UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley in conjunction with a news conference held today in Irving. The total includes another 250 jobs in San Antonio being created by UnitedHealthcare and approximately 1,100 job openings in UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services businesses – 800 jobs at Optum’s new Connextions facility in Irving and 330 jobs at OptumRx’s new pharmacy benefit management facility in Sugar Land.
Currently, UnitedHealth Group employs nearly 11,000 Texans and serves more than 3.3 million people in the state with a health care network of nearly 500 hospitals and more than 36,800 physicians and other care professionals statewide.
“This is an employer that knows Texas and knows Texans,” Gov. Perry said. “They’ve witnessed first-hand what we have to offer, and as a result, they’re continuing to invest their future in the Lone Star State. This vote of confidence affirms our efforts to create a jobs-friendly climate that will attract and keep employers like UnitedHealth Group here in Texas.”
“South Texas is a good place to hire great employees and grow our Texas business operations,” said Tom Quirk, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Texas. “We are pleased to increase our workforce and enhance our ability to provide a quality health care experience to customers.”
People with health care or customer service experience are encouraged to apply for positions in customer service, claims processing and case management. To learn more about available positions, visit careers.unitedhealthgroup.com.
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 more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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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 75 million people worldwide. Visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.