TrailBlazer announces plans for Denison layoffs

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

DENISON, TX -- After an unsuccessful attempt at renewing a major contract with Medicare, Trailblazer informed its 460 Denison employees of the company's plans to reduce its workforce.

Earlier this month, the company was denied their appeal, and we are told their current Medicare contract expires in August. A release from TrailBlazer Health Enterprises states that employees were told today the first round of layoffs is set to begin October 26, and the second, November 16.

According to TrailBlazer spokesman Billy Quarles, the company is doing what it can to save jobs.

"Trailblazer has submitted bids for additional Medicare contracts and is pursuing other potential contracting roles in the hopes that we can reduce the number of positions that might be impacted. The notices that went out today to the 460 in Denison, that is almost everyone in Denison. So, if some of those efforts were not successful, it is a possibility, a possibility that those offices will close," said Quarles

According to Quarles, some Denison employees will be offered the chance to relocate. Otherwise, the company plans on offering severance packages to those who qualify, and assistance with finding other jobs.

The company's statement says about 390 employees at the Dallas office will also be let go.


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  • by Cleo Location: GC on Jun 21, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    What exactly does "TrailBlazer" do? What do these employees that are going to be laid off do? I've been laid off many times and I always looked for simular type of work. Sometimes I took whatever I could get!
  • by Buddy Location: Denison on Jun 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
    I have family that will after 12 years of working for Trailblazer be unemployed again.At 59 she will be thrown into chaous once again.These people have enjoyed stability,They worked here spent that money in taxes,homes utilties food ,clothing and entertainment here in Denison and Sherman.Now at 59 will reenter the job seeking process only to be told she has no experiance so you got to start at the bottom again.No insurance of course.And everybody will bame the politicians.The ones who really need some scrutiny is the ones who benefitted from the redistribution of wealth after the crash of 2008.Banks that taxpayers bailed out still hold onto that money and refuse to invest in America.
  • by J Location: Denison on Jun 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
    Are people really surprised about this? Then comes the news of Stanley/Black and Deckers decision to auction off it's HHI group (Kwikset). I only hope who ever buys it keeps it open, because the economic impact of loosing this industry could really hurt Denison and the surrounding area.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jun 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    Yes, the bidding process. The awarding of government contracts. It seems it is always under question. I wish Trailblazer would have gotten the contract, because living here, I see first hand the consequences of lay-offs. Yet, I must also realize there are folks in another city who will be blessed with having more jobs there. Nevertheless, the existence of these contracts do in deed demonstrate the governments ability to create jobs in the private sector. BTW, currently corporate profits comprise over 10% of our gross domestic product. The highest percentage under Reagan was less than 5%. Public sector employment has LOST 600K jobs under Obama, while under Bush they had INCREASED by 3.7%. If we had kept those 600K public jobs, our nations unemployment rate would be below 8%. There are so many that are having hard times right now, but there are also many doing better than ever. And it is up to them to do the hiring since it has become Unamerican for the government to employ people. Psssst...Have ya heard of any gummint contracts out there?
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      by Logic on Jun 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM in reply to Joey
      Shhhhhh! Government jobs don't translate to private sector jobs! Didn't you get the Limbaugh newsletter?! If its got "government" in the name it HAS to be bad!
  • by Bubba Redneck Location: sherman on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says Highmark Medicare Services will replace TrailBlazer Healthcare Enterprises in paying Medicare Part A and Part B fee-for-service claims in Texas by late July 2012. Highmark also will handle claims in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It now administers claims in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. CMS says the change is part of its plan to reduce the number of Medicare administrator jurisdictions from 15 to 10 by 2016. TrailBlazer issued a statement saying it is "very disappointed in the outcome of the competitive bidding process" and has asked CMS for "a full debriefing on this award decision, and will determine our next steps and overall course of action based on the information we acquire in that process." TrailBlazer said its contract runs through August 2012 and any transition to Highmark "will include extensive communications with providers and other impacted parties about transition requirements and activities. Throughout such a transition, TrailBlazer will continue to provide cost-effective, efficient administrative services to the Medicare program and superior customer service to health care providers that pretty much sums it up sounds like somebody got a little "under the table" action
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    Maybe they can find an Obama 'green job' like driving a school bus or something.
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      by Factoid on Jun 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM in reply to
      ............giggle..............
  • by Wayne D. on Jun 18, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Just further proof that the economy is indeed headed in the right direction!
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      by Logic on Jun 18, 2012 at 10:06 AM in reply to Wayne D.
      Further proof that free-market capitalism is alive and well. Trailblazers got outbid by a competitor and lost their contract. The jobs lost here are gained at the winning company.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to Logic
        Agreed! Maybe Trailblazer got a little too comfortable knowing that they had the "cushy" government contract. Ooopppsss!!!
  • by Looking Into It on Jun 17, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    460 jobs lost because they didn't get a medicare (government) contract renewed? I wonder who did get that government contract? Might be worthy of a little research. I'll bet it's an Obama-admin cronie. I would have thought with this wonderful new Obamacare that jobs would be created and not lost. Oh well, Obama said he has created 4.3 million new jobs so finding a new one shouldn't be a problem, right?
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      by Logic on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM in reply to Looking Into It
      Was Trailblazers a Bush cronie when they came to Denison? Be honest with yourself. We do know that Halliburton was a Cheney cronie getting no bid contacts in Iraq..hell he used to run Halliburton!! Did you look for corruption then? Doubt it because Fox News never told you about it! Truth is Trailblazers simply got outbid to a cheaper company. If anything, you should REJOICE that the government went with a cheaper company and will require LESS of your taxes to pay a company like Trailblazer to handle their medicare claims! Always a flip side of things you guys seldom see..or don't want to.
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        by Billy Bob Thornton@Windom on Jun 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM in reply to Logic
        Yea we want to see it, but it is BLIND ignorence from some people who cant or wont see the truth.Obama has been blaming Bush for everything, BUT he has had Three and one half years to do something about it, and he cant because he has had NO experience at doing anything, his 15 minutes are up,take the blinders off and look what is real,he doesnt care about anyone but the elietist and special interest crowd,it is time for him to go,Trailblazer had no plan for the future and it is time for them to go,because of poor management........baby arm!
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          by Logic on Jun 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to Billy Bob Thornton@Windom
          Obama's experience isn't stalling every piece of legislation that comes up for a vote in the House and Senate. Obama blames Bush for cutting taxes during the Iraq War. NO president in history has cut taxes during a billion dollar a day war. In fact, FDR RAISED taxes in WW2. Johnson did it during Vietnam. Wars have to be paid for. Obama, unfortunately, gets the bill..
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          by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM in reply to Billy Bob Thornton@Windom
          The "elietist and special interest crowd"? You must be talking about that 1% we've been hearing about. Or is it those elite bankers and their corporate lobbyists who got that bail out from Bush after they wrecked our economy that you're talking about? You morons keep whining about Obama mentioning the fact that he took office during the worst recession in almost a century, which happened to begin during the Bush administration. Too bad. A fact is a fact. All your ignorant crying won't change that fact. And it's really stupid to expect intelligent people to forget that fact.
  • by Cdub Location: Pboro on Jun 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    I love how the story says "reducing the workforce". Be honest and just say it's closing down. I hope the city at least tried to make an effort to keep this long time business, but I doubt it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    What they're not telling the public is that those extra laid off Dallas employees is almost the entire company. Unless a miracle happens, after January, they will have no more business at all which means Trailblazer will basically cease to exist.
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