Health care coverage offered to illegal immigrants
Program believed to be first of its kind in the nation
Web Producer: Laura Kittell
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Illegal immigrants and other uninsured Los Angeles restaurant workers are being offered inexpensive health care coverage by a community clinic and a food service worker group.
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles spokeswoman Mariana Huerta says about 75,000 restaurant workers in Los Angeles don't have access to insurance because they are illegal immigrants.
The center has partnered with St. John's Well Child and Family Center to offer physicals, dental care and treatment for common illnesses at $25 a month. The ROC-MD program, which started last fall, was formally announced on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Times says the pilot program is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Legal immigrants who cannot afford coverage under the health care law are also eligible.
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