Healthcare services companies expand operations in Kentucky

Two companies that provide healthcare services have announced plans to create hundreds of jobs in Kentucky.

In Louisville, Humana Incorporated said it is looking to hire 200 more workers at its Medicare service center. The company said the positions, which are in addition to the more than 100 information technology (IT) jobs now available, include customer care specialists and frontline supervisors.

The addition of the new positions will increase Humana's Louisville workforce to more than 10,000 by the end of this year.

In Lexington and London, Kentucky, ACS said it will hire 700 workers over the next several months to work at its heatlhcare call centers, although a majority of those positions will only be temporary.

ACS spokesman Chris Gilligan told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the company needs to increase staffing to field calls for businesses looking to enroll in healthcare plans. The 450 temporary jobs planned for the Lexington facility will last several months and will not include benefits. Entry-level jobs will pay approximately $10 per hour.

The Dallas-based company currently employs close to 5,000 people in Kentucky, including approximately 3,000 in Lexington.