TSEU Organizer Contact: MYKO GEDUTIS
We are TSEU members who work in the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services CCAD program. We are building a strong union in our workplaces to fight for: better pay and benefits to attract and retain quality staff; increased staffing levels; stopping privatization.
[MARCH 2014] Members launch petition drive calling on agency officials and elected leaders to hire more staff and to give us a real pay raise
Workloads in HHSC have skyrocketed with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the cancellation of the Maximus contract for CHIP enrollment. Last year HHSC canceled its $315 million contract with Maximus for CHIP enrollment and shifted that work onto state employees. The agency has still not hired any additional staff to take on this increased workload, even though the state is now saving the millions of dollars it was paying to Maximus. To make matters state workers now have to fix thousands of Maximus’ enrollment mistakes.
In addition, with the rollout of www.healthcare.gov our agency now has a backlog of 114,000 account transfers (possible Medicaid eligible applicants) to process. Our workloads were already too high and now staff across the state are being pushed to the breaking point to complete their work.
The meager pay raises of 1% last September and the 2% raise coming up are not nearly enough to make up for the 5 years we went without any raises. The cost-of-living continues to climb along with our out-of-pocket health care costs. We need a real pay raise to reduce turnover and to help keep experienced staff on the job.
DOWNLOAD a copy of the petition to circulate in your office. Call your TSEU organizer or local office for more information..
The 83rd Texas Legislature (recap of events and materials):
Human Services Caucus Issue sheets for legislative visits [FEBRUARY]
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- Affordable Care Act Expansion - download PDF
The Texas State Employees Union supports and endorses the full expansion of Medicaid coverage to all Texas adult citizens living at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level in accordance with the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
- Increase Staffing to Improve Services - download PDF
Support funding for an additional 600-1000 eligibility staff to keep up with Texas population growth as well as bring down current caseloads.
Support funding of HHS LAR Exceptional item #3 that would add staff for projected ACA Medicaid caseload growth
- Stop the Privatization of State Services – download PDF
Support HB 486 to improve contracting oversight.
Oppose further attempts to contract out state services and programs.
Oppose expansion of CAPPS to other state agencies
- TSEU supports fully restoring federal funding to the Women’s Health Program - download PDF
Restore funding to the Texas Family Planning Program
Continue the Women’s Health Program (WHP) and take advantage of the $9 to $1 match offered by the Federal government
Fund viable reimbursement rates for medical services and pharmaceuticals
Ensure Texas’ participation in the new healthcare exchanges
‘Mini-lobby day’ pushes for pay raise, increased staffing [FEBRUARY 20]
Wednesday, February 20th – A total of 15 union activists from around the state met at the Capitol for our Human Services Mini Lobby Day. These members, from both the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (CCAD), met with 33 elected officials and/or their staff.