Allsup is laying off 90 workers

News-DemocratApril 24, 2014 

Belleville-based Allsup Inc. has announced it is laying off 90 of its 600 employees.

According to a statement released Thursday, the company said, "Allsup is making necessary changes in its business so it may adapt to continued trends within the Social Security disability program and other factors. This includes adjusting staffing levels based on a range of operational changes."

"We have decided to reshape the Medicare services Allsup provides and will no longer be providing Medicare secondary payer compliance services to our customers, which will have no impact on Allsup's remaining business services," the company's statement read.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of assistance to those seeking Social Security disability and veteran's disability and Medicare services. Belleville native Jim Allsup founded the privately held company in 1984 as the country's first nationwide, private, Social Security disability claims company.

Each employee who is leaving the company has been offered a severance package that includes severance compensation, benefits and services. Allsup spokeswoman Rebecca Ray said the layoffs are not related to the recent changes in health care policy implemented by the Affordable Care Act.

These layoffs come three months after Allsup announced that it was reducing the number of hours some of its employees work to fewer than 40 hours a week.

Last August, the company cut 65 employees as a result of federal budget constraints and changes in the Social Security Administration.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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