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Cigna expects more jobs in Pittsburgh area

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Cigna Corp. expects to grow its employment in the Pittsburgh area by more than 10 percent as its national health-insurance membership increases.

The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company plans to hire 150 people for management, training and customer service positions at its offices in North Fayette.

It employs about 1,400 people in the Pittsburgh region in health coaching and customer service who work with members across the country.

Julia Huggins, president of Cigna's Pennsylvania business, said employer groups are switching to Cigna to take advantage of its focus on employee health and wellness.

“Our clients are viewing health and wellness as an extremely important investment, and that's where Cigna excels,” she said.

Cigna had 14.3 million health insurance members as of Sept. 30, up from 13.97 million a year earlier, according to the company's most recent financial report. Revenue in the July-September quarter was $8.1 billion, up 10 percent from the same period last year.

In addition to growth in its commercial business, Cigna is projecting growth in 2015 when it expects to begin offering health plans to individuals in more states under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

“We view the Affordable Care Act as opening up opportunities for Cigna in segments we haven't been active in, in the past,” Huggins said.

The company is offering plans for individuals on Obamacare websites in five states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

Early next year, the company expects to announce additional states where it will offer Obamacare plans, Huggins said.

Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or anixon@tribweb.com.

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