Inexpensive undocumented immigrant health care in LA
In a program believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, a restaurant workers’ group and Los Angeles community clinic have teamed up to provide inexpensive health care coverage to undocumented immigrants.
The program, called ROC-MD (Restaurant Opportunities Center-MD), offers uninsured restaurant workers $25-a-month preventive and primary care at one of several clinics run by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, the Associated Press reports. Documented immigrants and restaurant workers who cannot afford health insurance are also eligible.
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles spokeswoman Mariana Huerta says about 75,000 restaurant workers in the city are uninsured because of their undocumented status, FOX News reports. Because workers are uninsured, it can be difficult to get medical attention when they fall ill.
“Restaurant workers are preparing, serving and cooking our food,” Huerta told The Los Angeles Times. “So many of these workers reported that they go to work sick. That is a public health hazard for consumers.”
David Hayes-Bautista, director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, told the Times that the program saves taxpayer money.
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