Benefits

Mission Statement

To provide professional and courteous support to all employees of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, while working diligently in the design, development, and administration of the Tribal Benefits Plan for the purpose of instilling regulatory integrity and maintaining a quality, cost-effective benefits program aligned with the needs of all entities.

Benefits Department Goals

  • Create a workplace culture of improving our employees’ health and safety, which enhances opportunities to reduce operational expenses and improve overall business effectiveness.
  • Monitor the expense of providing valued-based, cost-effective medical benefit plans.
  • Provide service and assistance to all employees and their families.
  • Provide ongoing benefits based on legal requirements and eligibility.
  • Collaborate with employees to assure that selected benefits programs and services are responsive to their needs.
  • Explore the financial structures that will maximize affordable coverage.
  • Represent employees and dependents in their efforts to resolve benefit problems with providers.
  • Provide health and fitness programs and activities that improve employee health and promote well-being.
  • Provide a sound fiscal and contract management of benefits programs.
  • Emphasize primary and preventive care, linked with community prevention services.
  • Reduce the growth of health care costs while promoting high-value, effective care.
  • Improve health care and population health through meaningful use of health information technology.

Contact Us

  • Jolene Turrentine, Benefits Specialist (A – K): 209.928.9562
  • Carla Gonzalez, Benefits Specialist (L – Z):  209.928.9567
  • Kelley Reich, Benefits Specialist (Community Council Members):  209.928.9563
  • Chastity Bailey, Benefits Analyst: 209.928.9565
  • Darla Merlin, Benefits Manager: 209.928.9568
  • Arlene Ortiz, Benefits Director: 209.928.9560
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