Dominican govt offers maids, other workers health insurance


Save Story
Leer en Español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican government says it will provide health insurance to some 50,000 maids and other informal workers in an unprecedented step for the Caribbean country.

Officials said Tuesday that workers including maids, gardeners and housekeepers can sign up to receive benefits for themselves and their dependents starting Saturday.

The government said it had to limit health insurance coverage to 50,000 people for economic reasons even though the Dominican Republic has more than 230,000 maids and another 20,000 informal workers including gardeners and housekeepers.

Officials did not say how much the plan would cost the government.

Previous administrations pledged similar action when health insurance plans were privatized in 2001, but none was taken.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent World stories

Related topics

World
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast