Connextions, a leading technology and business services partner to the health care industry and part of UnitedHealth Group’s Optum® health services business, will create 550 jobs in Centennial when it opens a new solution center this month.
The announcement was made at a news conference today attended by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group, at Connextions’ new facility at 10730 E. Briarwood Ave. in WaterPark Center.
“Connextions is committed to helping consumers navigate the complex, important and very personal decisions related to their health care. We are very excited about delivering that service from Colorado,” said Steve Auerbach, president of Connextions, an Optum company. “Nothing is more important than having knowledgeable, empathetic people serve our clients’ members, and Colorado is the perfect environment to find these valued employees.”
Connextions has invested $4 million in its new 45,000-square-foot facility in Centennial, which marks an expansion for the company in Colorado. Its innovation center has been located outside Boulder for the past decade, housing 40 developers, information technology specialists and other professionals.
“Connextions is already part of Colorado’s thriving technology community,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We are pleased to see this innovative company continue to grow in Colorado. The company’s decision to create hundreds of jobs here is recognition of Colorado’s business-friendly environment. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration between Colorado and UnitedHealth Group.”
Connextions uses its proprietary bConnected™ technology platform and a national network of 7,000 employees to power health insurance exchanges and help carriers enroll, retain and provide service to their members. The company helps consumers navigate the complex and often confusing information they need to select the right health plan and manage their benefits, health and wellness.
“By helping consumers navigate the complex health care system, Connextions plays a critical role in Optum’s mission to make the system work better for everyone,” said Larry Renfro, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group and CEO of Optum. “We appreciate the efforts and support of Gov. Hickenlooper, the City of Centennial and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership as we expand our presence in Colorado through this new solution center.”
Optum currently has nearly 600 employees in Colorado.
Connextions has already begun recruiting in metro Denver for 500 licensed and non-licensed insurance agents, who will earn an average $30,000-$40,000 salary, as well as additional trainers, managers and operational staff. The company provides free College of Insurance training to eligible applicants – an investment of about $500 per person – to prepare them to take state licensing exams for health insurance and Medicare supplemental sales. People interested in working in the fast-growing health care industry are encouraged to apply at www.jobs.Connextions.com.
Connextions, a pre-eminent technology and business services partner to the health care industry, helps carriers, providers, employers and other leading firms maximize revenue and increase efficiencies by optimizing customer experience. Powered by its proprietary bConnected™ technology and nearly 7,000 employees, Connextions drives acquisition, retention and more than $3 billion in premiums for the nation’s top carriers and Exchange hosts. Connextions is part of the Optum family of companies. For more information, please visit www.Connextions.com or www.jobs.Connextions.com.
Optum (www.optum.com) is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. Optum comprises three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx – representing over 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of the UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH).