I came to this country from El Salvador to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. After four years working to rebuild homes, I moved to San Francisco to work at the Cheesecake Factory. This was the first time I’d ever had health insurance—a health reimbursement account through Healthy SF.
After I left and tried to access the money I had paid in, I was told that the account was empty because the year to use the money was over.
Not long after, when I was working for the California Pizza Kitchen and another restaurant, I was mugged and beat up by three guys on the street. I had to be taken to the ER and almost died from my injuries.
I thought that because I had not one but two jobs, my employer would help with my medical bills through Healthy SF. Yet, instead of helping me access my heath account, I was fired because they said I was not working fast enough. I might be eligible for a state program to help me pay my $26,400 in medical bills, but if not, I am not covered. I am very worried.
Supervisor Campos has led the fight to close the healthcare loophole some city restaurants are using that make it difficult for their employees to access healthcare. To me, David is doing great things. We all deserve dignity and to be respected by our employers.