If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the value of healthcare and the importance of our essential workers. But in countries like the United States, health insurance is expensive, difficult to understand, and, frankly, not easily accessible.
These circumstances are even worse if you are part of the 1.1 million minimum wage/hour employees across the country.
These workers were the first to take the hit from the pandemic, and they remain the last to recover. Many of them do not have access to quality health care and often must choose between putting food on the table or paying a medical bill.
That’s why Sesame, the affordable online health superstore, has decided to introduce an offer to help combat these dire circumstances.
As announced by the superstore in a press release, Sesame offers one year of free healthcare to minimum wage workers across the country. This can include anything from labs, specialists, and primary care physicians, both in-person and via telehealth.
Starting this September 15, and while supplies last, minimum wage/hour employees in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Dallas Fort-Worth will have access to not only primary care appointments but also specialty appointments that are often expensive and difficult to schedule. Some of the specialties available at Sesame include counseling and therapy, dermatology, nutrition, men’s and women’s health, allergy consultations, and more.
“Sesame was founded on the belief that taking care of yourself should be as straightforward as ride-sharing, booking travel online, or using a pizza delivery app,” said David Goldhill, Sesame’s co-founder and CEO and the author of The Real Costs of American Health Care. “Today, it’s easier to book a ride in a stranger’s car than to visit the doctor. In the meantime, while we work to fix this broken system, 500 more Americans will now have critical access to essential care for the next year.”