A large Wentzville employer that is one of a handful of major Affordable Care Act processing facilities is closing, laying off hundreds of area workers.
Serco, a British-based company with U.S. headquarters in Northern Virginia, runs the processing facility that three years ago employed as many as 1,500. The closing of its Wentzville facility will affect about 850 employees.
The company won a $1.2 billion, 5-year contract in July 2013 to process applications for the Affordable Care Act, the national health care law passed in 2010. The Wentzville center was one of three the firm opened nationally to handle the deluge of people expected to sign up for health insurance. The others are in Kentucky and Arkansas.
That contract expires this summer, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services wouldn’t say whether it has been renewed or another firm has been contracted to handle Obamacare insurance applicants. CMS also wouldn’t say if the other sites are closing.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch