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Monona-based WPS to lay off 128
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Monona-based WPS to lay off 128

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WPS Health Solutions plans to lay off 128 employees statewide, including 36 at its headquarters in Monona.

WPS Health Solutions plans to lay off 128 employees, including 36 at its headquarters in Monona and 92 at its location in Rothschild, near Wausau.

The layoffs, first reported last week by Wisconsin Health News after WPS filed a notice with the state last month, are expected to occur on or after May 3.

“Contract changes within the federal government market are the reason for the changes in staffing levels,” spokeswoman DeAnne Boegli said Tuesday.

The company has about 3,600 employees, including 550 in Monona and 777 Wisconsin-based employees working remotely on a permanent basis, Boegli said. Most workers in Monona are also working remotely during COVID-19, she said.

The situation does not impact plans for a partial remake of the company’s headquarters between Broadway and the Beltline, Boegli said. Groundbreaking on the project, to include a $9 million first phase and possible additional phases that could reach a total cost of $50 million, didn’t begin in February as planned but is expected to start by summer, she said.

WPS supports more than 16 million people in TRICARE, the federal health insurance program for the military, and Veteran’s Affairs Community Care Programs. It has contracts for Medicare Part A and Part B in six states and in Wisconsin provides Medicare supplemental insurance.

WPS Health Insurance offers health plans for individuals and groups, and Green Bay-based WPS Health Plan offers HMO and point-of-service plans to the group and individual markets in eastern and north-central Wisconsin.

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