Highmark makes job cuts

Highmark on Tuesday announced the furlough of 120 employees who are involved in information technology at the downtown Pittsburgh-based health insurer.

Of the total positions, 58 of those jobs are in the Pittsburgh area, according to spokesman Aaron Billger, and 96 of the jobs will be filled with new employees who are better able to meet the insurer’s needs.

“We’re going through a significant transformation as we evolve into a diversified health care company,” Billger said. “We regularly assess workforce needs and make adjustments to meet changing business needs.”

The announcement comes a day after the Blues affiliate said it controlled 63 percent of western Pennsylvania’s insurance market. In addition, the company said that its narrow network, lower cost Community Blue health plan had attracted 182,195 budget-minded consumers and employers.

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