Kaiser to Cut Nearly 2,000 Jobs

Second quarter profits jumped 75-percent

Kaiser Permanente says it is eliminating 1,850 jobs in California as the Oakland health care giant faces a drop in subscribers and shrinking reimbursements from Medicare.

Kaiser spokesman Marc Brown says the cuts will mainly hit housekeepers, secretaries, business office employees and pharmacy and information-management clerks -- mostly in Northern California.

Kaiser announced the cuts Tuesday, a week after reporting a 75 percent jump in second-quarter profits to $620 million. Income from day-to-day operations, however, fell 18 percent.

The company says it lost 36,000 subscribers in the first half of the year, leaving about 8.6 million.

Economists say laid-off employees in other industries losing their employer-paid health insurance were a major cause of Kaiser's subscriber losses.

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