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Woman Takes Job at Starbucks Just For the Health Care

Reality Check: Working at Starbucks, Just For the Health Care

Health insurance has become an invaluable benefit — if an accident were to occur and you didn't have coverage, you could be paying off a mountain of medical debt for years to come. A Reuters article highlights just how important insurance is for Americans when considering employment opportunities, and profiles a mother of three in Texas who has taken a part-time job just for the medical benefits.

That's right, full-time real estate agent Lisa DeWaal spends the first four hours of her days serving coffee at a Starbucks before heading to her office. DeWaal sought out employment with Starbucks solely for the affordable health insurance the company offers. Private insurance plans are burdensome for most households, and health experts say they've met plenty of people like DeWaal who are motivated to take or stick with a job because of the health benefits.

DeWaal begins her daily Starbucks shifts at 5 a.m, but those early mornings are worth it. The 20-hours a week at serving coffee allows her to rest easier at night because, for $180 a month, her family is insured. She commented, "Health insurance is exactly the reason why I have taken the extra job. It's company health insurance, which is a lot better than a private plan. I would put these extra hours into real estate if I had affordable health insurance."

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Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I know someone who worked at starbucks just for the insurance, too. He wasn't working a full time job at the same time though!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I worked for a company right after I graduated that had kinda crappy pay, but EXCELLENT health care benefits. I think most of the people that worked there were only there for the insurance benefits, lol.
Porkchopz Porkchopz 8 years
YES. Great post. My in-laws ran a lucrative business for 25 years, and retired early. Suddenly their private health insurance premiums shot up to more than $1200 a month and it completely threw a wrench in their savings plan. My MIL is now working as a cashier at JC Penney just for the insurance benefit. The pay is certainly meager, but the insurance more than makes up for it.
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
a waiting period is typical for those working on a wage basis. however some coverage is much better than nothing!
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Unless their policy has changed recently, you have to work there for six months before you're eligible for health and dental benefits. Plus the coverage is pretty minimal and there are high copays and deductibles, but I suppose it's better than nothing.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I can understand that. I work for a bank so all my banking is either free or highly discounted. So although I feel ready to move on, I am more hesitant knowing what I will miss.
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