Massive Layoffs, Home Health Shakeup as Univita Loses Key Contract

Home health operator Univita Health has reportedly begun laying off Florida employees after the company lost its HMO contracts earlier this week, which had allowed the company to provide products to Medicaid patients. 

The company—which also operates in Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota—planned to lay off 1,002 employees, including some who worked in the company’s home care division, according to a Sun Sentinal report published Friday. 

Among those layoffs, 217 effect employees of Southeast Homecare LLC, a Univita subsidiary, in its Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Doral locations, according to a Tuesday report by the South Florida Business Journal. 

The layoffs are expected to take place between July 29 and August 12, the reports state, and span case management workers, registered nurses, payroll personnel, medical record employees and others. 

The move may be in part due to funding problems, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

“Univita and its subsidiaries have been trying to negotiate with health plans to restructure business arrangements and postpone layoffs, to little avail in Southeast Homecare’s case,” the publication reports, citing a company notice. “This may not be the only outfall from Univita’s HMO loss as the parent company may file for bankruptcy,” the report says, citing Health News Florida

Written by Elizabeth Ecker