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Molina Healthcare Fighting For State Contract, Warns Of Creve Coeur Closure and Mass Layoff

The company is appealing a decision to award a Medicaid contract to Centene.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that has issued what's called a WARN statement to state officials, notifying them that it plans to close operations at the company's Creve Coeur office on Olive Boulevard.

12:54 p.m. Update: A company spokesperson confirmed the filing.

According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development:

"The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act was enacted on August 4, 1988 and became law effective on February 4, 1989 providing protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide a 60 day calendar notice in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs."

The notification from Molina indicates a closing date of June 1, 2012 impacting 119 jobs.

1:02 p.m. Update Patch has obtained a copy of the WARN filing, which indicates around 12 employees will be on hand through August 1, 2012 "to conduct "winding down of the business."

A Molina spokesperson said the company is moving forward on an appeal of a recent state decision to award Medicaid beneficiaries to Centene Corp. Molina holds the current contract which expires at the end of June.

The spokesperson did not confirm how the fate of the appeal could impact the decision to close the Creve Coeur site.

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