Some job reductions are coming to Coventry Health Care’s Springfield office, but the company is not releasing many details.
News-Leader calls to the Springfield office of the nationwide insurance provider were directed to the company’s Bethesda, Md., corporate headquarters.
Matthew Eyles, Coventry’s vice president of public affairs and policy, said the Springfield office is not closing. But he indicated some local jobs would be affected.
“Coventry has a strong track record of providing exceptional service to Missourians in our health plans, which is reflected in our growing Missouri membership,” Eyles said in an email. “But, in order to continue providing value to our customers and meet the economic challenges of health reform, we are making changes in Springfield that will affect some of our employees.”
Eyles declined to say how many of the approximately 140 jobs in the Springfield office would be affected.
“Coventry is proud to be in Springfield and the work our employees do there, and we will continue to have a Springfield presence,” Eyles added. “ If we succeed in pursuing some new business opportunities, we hope to be able to grow again in Springfield soon.”
In July 2010, Coventry Health Care bought Mercy Health Plans, a subsidiary of the Sisters of Mercy Health System with about 420 employees in Missouri. According to Coventry’s 2010 annual report, it serves more than 5 million customers in all 50 states.