Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2012 08:38:06 PM PST
Updated: 11/16/2012 08:48:47 PM PST

Kaiser Permanente officials have confirmed 530 union employees in Southern California have been laid off.

At least 85 position were eliminated at the Fontana and Ontario medical centers, officials said Friday.

Officials at the health-care provider did not release the locations of the other 445 positions.

The layoffs do not include physicians.

“We expect that over the next year we will experience significant membership growth and anticipate that many of these affected employees will have new opportunities to be placed in other positions and remain with our organization,” said Peggy Hinz, spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser officials said they have undertaken a series of layoffs to ensure they meet possible changes that could occur with the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which aims to make sure every American has health care coverage.

Late October, Kaiser laid off 84 non-union employees, which they called a “modest downsizing of staff” in Southern California.

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