Thursday, March 22, 2012

Heinz applauds OptumRx, UnitedHealth Group for creating jobs in Tucson

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson (District 29), welcomed plans Thursday for a new facility from OptumRx, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, which is expected to bring 400 jobs to his Tucson district.

“I am so pleased to welcome OptumRx and UnitedHealth Group to District 29,” he said. “The jobs and opportunities this Fortune 500 company will bring to Tucson will be a boon to the economy.”

The new pharmacy-benefits customer-service center is scheduled to open in 2013. The center will handle several aspects of the company’s business including customer service, mail-order prescriptions, rebates and claims administration.

"We are strengthening the infrastructure of OptumRx in advance of a major expansion early next year, and we especially appreciate the help and support that comes from the outstanding workers and leaders of Arizona in that effort," said Larry C. Renfro, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group and CEO of Optum, in a news release.

The company will occupy a space that is being renovated at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. The company will likely receive a $200,000 grant from the Arizona Competes Fund, also called the “deal closing fund” through the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“At the legislature, we should be focused on recruiting more companies like UnitedHealth Group’s OptumRx to Arizona,” Heinz said. “That is what Arizonans expect and it is what they deserve."

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