Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio is cutting 50 jobs from its Youngstown offices.
Anthem cited law changes affecting the private fee-for-service marketplace, reports the Dayton Daily News. Due to recent regulatory changes that discourage more than one fee-for-service plan to be offered in a county, the plan's client base has been shrinking.
"This is an area where the membership they were supporting had diminished greatly. We had to let those workers go because those jobs were no longer there," Anthem spokesperson Kim Ashley told the Vindicator.
The affected jobs include primarily customer care representatives and other administrative positions. The workers handle a private fee-for-service plan for seniors, which is offered by Anthem's parent company, WellPoint. The plan allows Medicare patients to receive care from out-of-network providers, according to the Daily News.