More than 1,500 band employees are getting free health care. Employees of Casino Morongo and the tribe's other businesses were already eligible for health benefits, but at a cost to workers. Tribal Chairman Maurice Lyons said the new plan means workers will no longer pay health care premiums. He said he believes the change will make the tribe more competitive in the labor market. 'It is a financial burden that we will gladly have,' Lyons said. The tribe also will cover half of the premium costs for spouses and family members of employees. Co-payments will range between nothing and $15, depending on the procedure. 'Some of the people couldn't take their kids to the doctor until they got paid,' Lyons said.
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