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Employees told WPS Insurance could close

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

A Wausau health insurance office may close, and hundreds of people could lose their jobs.

Employees at WPS Health Insurance were told the office may close after a $17 billion government contract was not renewed.

The claims for that contract were handled by WPS for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which benefits 2.9 million military members and their families in 21 states.

But a $20 billion contract was recently awarded to UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services, despite an appeal. 

Newsline 9 talked to WPS executives, but they wouldn't do a recorded interview. However, the senior vice president told us they aren't sure how many jobs will be affected or when it would happen. Officials say they're evaluating their options.

TriWest's current contract runs through March 31, 2013.


 

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