Covered California looks to hire 500 Central Valley residents

August 1, 2013 9:07:50 PM PDT
The state wants to hire 500 Central Valley residents to staff a huge service center. The state is under pressure and running out of time, trying to find hundreds of technicians to field questions about the affordable care act, and to help Valley residents understand the new health care mandates that will be launched in 2014.

Steven Gutierrez, with the Employment Development Department said, "It'll be a nice Christmas present for those who are lucky enough to land these particular jobs."

Gutierrez says the new positions will be a welcome change for Fresno County. "Anytime we can get full time positions here in Fresno County it helps the local economy like I said - a lot of time we get new positions, but they're seasonal."

"Covered California" is now responsible for making sure people and small businesses get access to affordable health insurance. To do so they need 500 technicians to help residents understand the options and to help determine eligibility.

Santiago Lucero, a spokesman for Covered California said, "We are accepting everybody, you show up, get an application, you'll be able to go through the testing process."

The process consists of a test that covers reading, writing and math. They're looking for "program technician two and three." The salary ranges from 15 to 17 dollars an hour for a two, and between 17 and 18 an hour for a three.

That call center is set to open by November. The employment development department is hoping it will do wonders for our unemployment levels, which are already on their way down.

Steven Gutierrez believes the health care field is one way to keep people employed. "The health industry has been one of the stronger industries not only here in the Central Valley, but here in Fresno."

You can take the test to become a technician at the Fresno Convention Center, this Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00am, 11:30am, and 3:00pm, although you must schedule an appointment online ahead of time.


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