Eligibility Workers know the challenges of increased workload, overtime and delays in people getting critical health care benefits.
Eligibility Workers around the state have been leaders in enrolling clients into Medi-Cal and advocating for improvements to the process. We met with Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley (California’s top health care official) on March 30 to discuss the issues with enrollment and we successfully advocated for getting workers at the table when California makes decisions about how to improve the system.
At the meeting, Secretary Dooley and Eligibility Workers agreed to partner and make these changes:
- Eligibility Workers will now join key workgroups at the state;
- Regular meetings with Secretary Dooley and her top staff to provide feedback and ideas;
- Regular communications from the state’s health care department to EW’s on the progress of the fixes.
“What this meeting showed me was that when Eligibility Workers come together we can make real change to improve our jobs and the services we provide. Now we have to continue to stand united here in Kern County to win a strong contract for us and our community.”
– Maria Benavides, Human Services Tech III.
Want to learn more? Join our next Eligibility Worker Industry Council Meeting:
Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the SEIU 521 offices
If you are interested in joining, please contact your local office:
Santa Clara County: (408) 678-3300
Monterey/San Benito counties: (831) 784-2560
Santa Cruz County: (831) 824-9255
Fresno/Madera counties: (559) 447-2560
Tulare County: (559) 635-3720
Kern County: (661) 321-4160
The industry council includes Eligibility Workers from across California. We plan and coordinate with other SEIU locals to participate in statewide activities such as lobbying to improve state policy that impacts our work.