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Jackson Health lays off workers amid funding uncertainty

Jackson Health System laid off “fewer than 25” full-time employees in November in anticipation of a reduction in government funding for indigent healthcare. Jackson Health is Florida’s largest safety net hospital for the uninsured and under-insured.
Jackson Health System laid off “fewer than 25” full-time employees in November in anticipation of a reduction in government funding for indigent healthcare. Jackson Health is Florida’s largest safety net hospital for the uninsured and under-insured. El Nuevo Herald

Citing uncertainty about future government funding for uninsured patients, Miami-Dade’s Jackson Health System — Florida’s largest safety net hospital for the indigent — laid off “fewer than 25” full-time employees in November, according to administrators.

Most of the layoffs were in Jackson Health’s human resources and business development departments, Jennifer Piedra, a spokeswoman, said in a written statement.

“The work has been absorbed by other employees or otherwise handled within our existing resources,” she said.

According to financial statements for the year ending in September, Jackson Health employed 11,820 full-time workers — about 683 positions over budget, and an increase of 750 jobs over the prior year.

In October, the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade that governs Jackson Health approved changes to the collective bargaining agreement for the hospital system’s nurses, attending physicians and other workers — providing pay raises and bonuses but also raising the premiums and out-of-pocket costs for their health insurance benefits.

Piedra added that the $1.8 billion-a-year Jackson Health, which received about $400 million in local taxpayer support this year, is reorganizing its non-clinical departments.

“Patient volume continues growing at Jackson,” she said, “and we’re continuing to hire some of the region’s best nurses, doctors, and other caregivers to serve this community.”

Daniel Chang: 305-376-2012, @dchangmiami

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