Conseco might shift up to 150 local jobs to Minnesota firm

Up to 150 of Conseco Inc.’s 2,300 Carmel employees could see their jobs transferred to a Minnesota company under a plan being considered by company executives.

Transferred employees would continue to work either out of Conseco’s offices or nearby.

Conseco announced Thursday afternoon that it might shift a call center and some claims for its long-term care insurance policies to the Long Term Care Group Inc., the nation’s largest third-party administrator of long-term care policies.

Under the proposal, Conseco would still handle initial claims, appeals and financial reporting for the block of 170,000 older long-term care policies. Conseco also would handle the back-office duties for any long-term care policies sold through its Chicago-based Bankers Life subsidiary.

In a statement, Conseco CEO Jim Prieur said Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Long Term Care Group has a “superior administration system” that would help Conseco better manage its long-term care business – which has socked it with millions of losses in the last year. He said the company would make a decision on the proposal by early fall.

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