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Health Care Tech Company GoHealth On Track To Hire 650 This Year

By Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Nov. 12--Chicago-based health care technology company GoHealth said Tuesday it is on track to hire more than 650 new employees this year, far above an earlier forecast of 250 people that it made with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February.

Emanuel is planning to appear with GoHealth's co-founders, Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, to announce the hiring milestone on Tuesday morning. The company, which both operates an online health insurance exchange for consumers and works with health insurance providers, currently employs 907 people. GoHealth has four offices in River North, downtown and the West Loop, and recently moved some employees into a new 90,000-square foot space at the Merchandise Mart.

Last week, Emanuel said he wants to see the number of technology jobs in Chicago double to about 80,000 over the next decade. He had announced with GoHealth in February that the company expected to hire 250 employees this year.

GoHealth said it has committed to hiring at least 200 people through Skills for Chicagoland's Future and has hired 145 unemployed Chicagoans via the initiative so far. These new employees, who have completed a "train-to-hire" program, are working as licensed insurance advisors and sales representatives, Jones said in a statement. The advisors make more than $16 an hour and take the Illinois health and life insurance exam, with the $300 exam fee covered by the company and Skills for Chicagoland's Future. The sales representatives make $12 an hour.

GoHealth is backed by Minneapolis-based Norwest Equity Partners, which made a $50 million investment in the company last year.

wawong@tribune.com -- Twitter @VelocityWong

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