Convey Health Solutions Seeking 600 New Employees

2013-05-24 16:58:00

Convey Health Solutions is actively recruiting 600 new employees to keep up with the growing need for health insurance agents in the call center the company opened in Yuma in September 2012.

And to help them prepare for the job, the company is offering free training to Yuma-area residents who want to pursue a health insurance career path.

Convey also will be at the Goodwill job fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Yuma Civic Center, where it will be taking applications.

“We’re growing so fast, we can’t keep up,” said Yvonne Daugherty, senior vice president of marketing for the Florida-based company that provides health care outsourcing and technology support for a variety of clients.

The company currently employs nearly 200 team members in Yuma, and plans to add more than 600 positions this summer. It also will be opening its permanent state-of-the-art center in Yuma in the former Target building, with a third quarter grand opening.

Daugherty said part of the push for new agents is the upcoming Medicare enrollment period in the fall. But the Yuma center also has done so well, new clients are signing up to bring more business to Convey.

“We’ve had great results with our Yuma team,” she said. “Our clients all want to expand out there.”

Health care is one of the nation’s fastest growing employment fields, Daugherty noted. The number of licensed health insurance agents in the U.S. is set to be out-paced by the growing demand for their services, particularly to support the 70 million Baby Boomers currently aging into Medicare eligibility.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of insurance sales agents is expected to increase by 12 percent over the 2008–18 period. Sales of health insurance, long-term-care insurance and other comprehensive financial planning services designed specifically for the elderly are expected to rise sharply as the population ages.”

To help meet that need for licensed health insurance agents, Convey has partnered with Greater Yuma Economic Development Council, the city of Yuma, Arizona Western College and the Yuma Private Industry Council to provide “Health Insurance U.”

Free to Yuma-area residents, Health Insurance U will be led by experienced instructors who will prepare students for state health insurance licensing in Arizona. The program has been optimized to allow students to learn what’s needed to sit for the state insurance licensing exam as quickly as possible.

Flexible classroom schedules with day, evening and weekend classes will be offered to meet varied student needs, Daugherty said. Low-cost child care is being considered.

The first Health Insurance U classes will start the week of June 17 at the AWC Entrepreneurial Center. Classes will be added on an ongoing basis to meet student demand through August or beyond as required. For more information and to register, call 1-800-542-6199.

The cost of the health insurance licensing exam will be reimbursed by Convey Health Solutions for all students who pass the Health Insurance U program and the licensing exam.

Students who complete the Health Insurance U program and pass the licensing exam will be eligible to apply for available positions at Convey Health Solutions. However, they will not be required to work for Convey Health Solutions or any of the program partners upon course completion.