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November 15, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Mental health care is necessary for restaurant workers

WORKFORCE | Restaurants workers often face high stress environments and low pay, and although this can have a negative impact on their mental health, many don’t have access to mental health resources. Workers in DC discuss their experiences and how they try to mitigate stressful situations within their own restaurants. (WCP, 11/15)

A confluence of factors leaves many hospitality industry workers uninsured, from thin profit margins to the fact that many restaurants chiefly hire part-time workers. Without work-sponsored insurance, low-wage earners can get stuck in limbo, unable to afford individual coverage but just above the income line of eligibility for Medicaid. It’s part of the reason you see GoFundMe pages fundraising for restaurant employees to afford care or time off to recover.

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Director Mila Kofman confirms that the local restaurant industry has some of the lowest offer rates. She says she’s never met a restaurant operator who didn’t want to offer coverage, but they question if they can afford it year after year.

PUBLIC SAFETY
– Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring will propose legislation aimed at combating hate crimes and “reining in white-supremacist violence” today. (WaPo, 11/15)

– D.C. Council Pushes Forward Bill to End Statute of Limitations for Prosecuting Sexual Abuse (WCP, 11/14)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | How the Washington Project for the Arts has supported artists who are the main caregivers for their children. (WAMU, 11/15)

TRANSPORTATION | Alexandria City Council has voted to allow shared dockless scooters, joining other cities in the region. (WaPo, 11/14)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM | Should Your Birthday Determine Whether You Are Sentenced to Die in Prison? (Truthout, 11/13)


Happy National Philanthropy Day! Check out the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s philanthropy page to learn more about the history of the sector in the US.

– Kendra

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