Crowdfunding: A Way to Pay Employee Medical Bills?
Crowdfunding has been a popular method for entrepreneurs looking to kickstart their projects. But could it also be a place for small businesses to raise money for employee healthcare? One New York City bar thinks so.
Rebecca Kahikina, manager of Manhattan lounge Employees Only, launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help pay for barback Uros Miljkovic's facial reconstructive surgery, the Huffington Post reports.
"I got the idea from one of our former servers, who raised $20,000 to buy a van to tour with her band," Kahikina told the outlet.
The "Save Uros' Face" campaign, posted on September 12, has now received $17,500, exceeding its original goal of $15,000.
Miljkovic, who had the surgery at the beginning of the month, has an $8,000 bill to pay and health insurance that only covers general check-ups and common illnesses, Kahikina says. Miljkovic suffered suffered multiple face fractures after he says he was struck by cargo hanging from a truck on August 15.
Kahikina says the excess money raised will be used to help with his living expenses while he is unable to work and medical costs for follow-up appointments. Kahikina says Miljkovic is walking around, but still recovering from the surgery and she is unsure when he will start work again.