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Univera Healthcare has raised its minimum wage to $18 an hour

For Immediate Release:  2021-11-22

Contact:  Peter Kates, (716) 857-4485

The Rochester-based health insurer that includes Univera Healthcare in Western New York has raised the minimum wage for all employees at its company to $18 an hour. Previously, the minimum wage was $15 an hour.

“I’m excited to share that our organization has a new $18 an hour minimum wage,” said Jim Reed, health plan CEO and president. “We hope an increase in the minimum wage will have a meaningful impact on employees and their families and help us remain competitive when attracting and retaining top talent.”

Increasing the minimum wage to $18 an hour will result in salary increases for 639 employees across upstate New York, or about 15 percent of the health plan’s total workforce. Employees receiving raises include about 389 making below $18 an hour and 250 making just above that amount. Many of those employees work in customer service, member enrollment, claims processing, clinical support, provider network credentialing or in the print shop and mail room. 

“As one of upstate New York’s largest nonprofit employers, we’re committed to investing in our employees while also being a great place to work,” Reed said. “Pay is important, but we’re also proud of our comprehensive employee benefits, flexible work environment, our strong culture and mission.”  

The health plan employs about 4,000 employees across 39 counties of upstate New York, including 538 based in Western New York with Univera Healthcare.  

Univera Healthcare is currently hiring for a range of positions, including Customer Care Advocates, Risk Adjustment Retrieval Specialists and Direct Pay Medicare Account Service Consultants. To learn more, visit

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Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that serves members across the eight counties of Western New York. The company’s mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With nearly 500 employees in Western New York, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit

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