A Georgia health care provider will downsize its workforce by at least 100 employees, citing the high costs associated with President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
WSB-TV Atlanta was the first to learn of the development.
"This notice is to inform you that Emory Healthcare is restructuring and consolidating its Psychiatry Services Program,” a letter from Emory Healthcare's Chief Human Resources Officer made available to the Atlanta news outlet reads.
A spokesperson confirmed to WSB-TV that 101 employees received the letter.
The letter explains the company’s recent decision to close its neuropsychiatry unit and consolidate two psychiatry units.
One employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said that “during the announcement we were told our job loss is due to the new Affordable Care Act."
Vincent Dollard, an Emory spokesman, confirmed that the layoffs were inspired by President Obama’s new health care law. He added the sluggish economy played a role in the decision.
The letter circulated among employees explains the layoffs are permanent, but adds that some may be able to find another position within the company network.
The layoffs will start November 15.
Following news of the layoffs, the company released the following statement:
The purpose of these changes is to ensure that we provide the most appropriate care in the most appropriate setting for adult and geriatric psychiatry patients, and to provide modern facilities that are comfortable for patients, family members and staff, with efficient processes and services, while ensuring the ideal management of our resources in this economy.
Detailed communication about these changes is ongoing with staff, physicians, patients and their families to ensure a smooth transition to the new program.
We are optimistic that many of the affected employees will find placement, with the assistance of Emory Healthcare human resources and leadership teams, into existing vacant positions in our new program and across Emory Healthcare should they elect to apply.
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