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Coventry to cut 85 Springfield jobs

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Bethesda, Md.-based Coventry Health Care Inc. has put in motion plans to cut 85 jobs at its Springfield location.

The company on Feb. 9 submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice - which employers are required to file 60 days prior to conducting mass layoffs or closings - to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The notice, provided to Springfield Business Journal by DED spokesman John Fougere, states:

"In accordance with WARN, this letter is to notify you that effective on or before May 4, 2012, Coventry Health Care Inc. will be closing its department in the Springfield, Missouri, office, located at 4520 S. National. This will eliminate jobs for approximately 85 employees, including 84 commercial customer service/claims positions and one administrative position with no displacement or bumping rights available to the affected employees."

Kim David, who signed the notice and serves as director of human relations for Coventry, declined to comment this morning, referring questions to Matt Eyles, vice president of public affairs & policy. Eyles did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Fougere said the Coventry notice could indicate a planned closure of the Springfield office, but he was unclear of the reference to "department" in the notice.

Coventry entered Springfield with its late 2010 purchase of Mercy Health Plans, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Mercy. When the transaction was completed, the majority of Mercy Health Plans' 420 employees moved to Coventry, with 140 in the Springfield office, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Coventry is a health care management company that operates health plans, insurance, network rental services and workers' compensation companies, according to its Web site.
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