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WPS Health Insurance employees speak about layoff concerns

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Days after WPS Health Insurance announced they'd be laying off hundreds of people, employees say reality is setting in.

"All of a sudden they have a meeting like this and it's like wow, it's coming, it really is coming, you know," said Rosann Jennrich.

Jennrich has worked for the company for eight years.

She said employees were told about 250 workers, from Wausau, will lose their jobs.

"These are people that I've called my friends and that you see everyday for eight years and now they're going to be gone," said Jennrich.

The company said the reductions are due to recent contract losses and competition.

We tried to contact WPS Health Insurance officials a number of times and never heard back.

But in a press release, officials said "WPS will keep the Wausau facility open and expects to have 50 employees working at that site."

"Stick it out 'til the end and see what happens and hope for the best, hope that you get one of those 50," said Jennrich.

But Jennrich said she's worried.

"You know, do I start looking, where do I start looking, you know, what am I going to do for insurance," said Jennrich.

Local officials say the job losses are tough, but employees shouldn't lose hope.

"There are options for those folks and it will affect each of those individuals differently, family situations and whatever but we'll get around this," said Marathon County Board Member Jim Rosenberg.

Jennrich said she plans to do just that.

"It'll be interesting to see what happens," said Jennrich.

Company officials say about 600 people will lose their jobs from offices in Wausau, Madison and others outside the state.

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