Join Our Next Meeting:
Eligibility Worker Quarterly Steering Committee Meeting
Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By video conference from SEIU Local 521 offices (Bakersfield, Fresno, San Jose, Visalia)
RSVP by 5 p.m., February 8 at to your local office.
Join Eligibility Workers from across California!
Are you ready to make a difference at your workplace?
Eligibility Workers are standing up for our communities. We are pushing back task‐based work, working for better software, sustainable funding models, and coordinating our campaigns statewide. When we join together and learn from each other, we are more powerful and more effective at getting the quality public services our clients deserve.
The possibility of losing the Affordable Care Act could also result in major layoffs in our departments and heavier workloads for those who remain. Join us to learn, share, and set the agenda for Eligibility Work at the statewide level. Your voice matters now more than ever. Print & distribute flyer.
Regularly meets on third Thursday of each month, 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m., except for February (due to the Steering Committee Meeting on Feb. 10).
Please RSVP to 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
SEIU Eligibility Workers teamed up to visit key officials in Sacramento last year to lobby aggressively for additional funding for counties to accommodate dramatic caseload increases due to the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility. Gov. Brown’s 2016-17 budget includes an additional $169.9 million for counties to hire additional county eligibility workers for Medi-Cal enrollment. Learn more here.
Eligibility Workers met with Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley on March 30 to discuss the issues with enrollment and ensure workers have a lead role in getting the system fixed.
Eligibility workers have spent the last year trying to correct the heartaches and serious impacts caused by CalHEERS and the automated notices and rejections created by that system.
SEIU Local 521 Eligibility Workers joined fellow EWs from Locals 221, 721 and 1021 to highlight the problems and press for corrective action in Sacramento. Together, the SEIU “21 Locals” are making a meaningful impact on public policy for better services.
EWs meet with Secretary Dooley
Robert Padilla describes the experience: “Our meeting with Secretary Dooley was a great experience. Although we didn’t get everything we wanted, her door is still open and she was moved by our stories. I believe she understands the NOA problems we face that prevent us from providing better client service. We need to continue to work, organize and tell the stories of the people of California.”
Standing United Works!
Eligibility Workers are playing a big role in protecting jobs and services under health care reform.
We’ve already won NO PRIVATIZATION of our eligibility determination work and ensured that only county Eligibility Workers will handle Medi-Cal eligibility determination.
Let’s keep rolling! Join us as we continue to get counties and our workers ready for health care reform.
Eligibility Workers in Sacramento
Our Eligibility Workers went to Sacramento on April 30, 2014 to talk about passing two bills related to helping bring services to working families.
Click here to see photo album on Facebook.
Healthcare leaders agree: Eligibility work to be done by counties
Our campaign this summer to shine the spotlight on the critical decision-making process of the California Health Benefit Exchange (HBEX) showed how effective SEIU members can be when we join with allies to advocate for our work and for the clients we serve.
County Eligibility Workers: The Best Choice for a Healthier CA
Under the new health care law, millions more Californians will become eligible for Medi-Cal and subsidized federal health insurance. Who is the best choice for handling the influx of new enrollees? County Eligibility Workers.
Protecting Eligibility Worker Services
Eligibility Workers from Fresno, Kern, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties traveled to Sacramento June 19 to speak in support of using our expertise when services are reshaped under health care reform. Join us to protect our services.
Eligibility Workers heading to Sacramento to protect services
521 Eligibility Workers from Fresno, Kern, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties are heading to Sacramento Tuesday, June 19 to speak in support of protecting our eligibility services.
Eligibility workers help Medi-Cal run smoothly
Santa Clara County Eligibility Worker Robert Padilla submitted this letter to the editor of The San Jose Mercury News. It was published June 11, 2012. Click here to read the letter to the editor.
Critical Eligibility Survey – the State Wants Your Input
For Eligibility Workers ONLY: California State Department of Social Services is requesting your direct feedback on how to improve our eligibility system for Medi-Cal and CalFresh!
Click here to give your input.
Executive board leaders of SEIU Local 521 have officially recognized the Eligibility Worker Industry Council, which makes the council eligible to have an Executive Board delegate and an alternate at the 521 Executive Board level.
Earlier this year, 521 members went to Sacramento to meet with Will Lightbourne, Director of the California Dept. of Social Services, as well as members of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, to provide feedback to improve our eligibility system for Medi-Cal and CalFresh!
Eligibility workers save CalWORKS
Early March, we were back at the state Capitol to provide key testimonials in defense of CalWORKS for families in need, and we made a real difference!
Read about it here.
Eligibility Workers stand up for stress-free environment, fair work load
After a Santa Cruz County Eligibility Worker was rushed to the hospital for work-related stress, co-workers held a solidarity action March 8 to support their colleague and to shine the light on an ongoing issue: Overburdened workloads and extreme work stress that are pushing employees to the breaking point.