About 75,000 restaurant workers in Los Angeles don’t have health insurance because they are illegal aliens. But that might be changing. The health insurance part, that is.
A restaurant workers’ group and a Los Angeles community clinic are working together to provide illegal aliens with healthcare. “Restaurant workers are preparing, serving and cooking our food,” said Mariana Huerta of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles. “So many of these workers reported that they go to work sick. That is a public health hazard for consumers.”
For a $25 monthly charge, uninsured workers will be allowed to go to clinics in the Los Angeles area for physical and dental care.
David Hayes-Bautista said the program will benefit everyone financially: “Emergency rooms are the providers of last resort, and they are very expensive. If people can be provided alternatives, that saves everyone money.”