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 330 jobs over the next 12-18 months at a new fulfillment center in Sugar Land for OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group. The new OptumRx office located in Sugar Land is expected to be ready for occupancy later this year, with recruiting for the new fulfillment facility expected to begin in the fourth quarter.
The job openings in Sugar Land 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 800 jobs at Optum’s new Connextions facility in Irving, and 250 jobs in San Antonio and 115 jobs in Harlingen being created by UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s health benefits business.
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.”
Larry C. Renfro, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group and CEO of Optum said, “With our new facility in Sugar Land, we are strengthening the infrastructure of OptumRx in advance of a major expansion early next year, and we especially appreciate the help and support offered by the outstanding workers and leaders of Texas.”
OptumRx will be hiring for claim processers and pharmacists, as well as a variety of positions involving training, workforce management and quality management. The company expects the facility to be fully staffed by the end of next year to help ensure OptumRx is prepared to serve millions of additional UnitedHealthcare employer and individual health plan participants.
When hiring begins, people are encouraged to apply online. http://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/Data/Campaign/Optum-Locations/Houston.aspx
“The commitment and know-how of our employees in Texas will further enhance our ability to serve our clients and help manage health care costs,” said Dirk McMahon, CEO of OptumRx. “As the U.S. population ages and more people gain access to health insurance, Americans will be using more prescription drugs, so the importance of our Texas employees will only increase in the future.”
OptumRx is part of Optum, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company and a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy benefit management business managing the prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and unions through a national network of 64,000 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 information.
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 more than 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health system and improve overall population health.
About UnitedHealth Group
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.