ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A group of health experts and faith leaders were at the state capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to raise wages to improve the health of workers.

Statistics show that low-income workers die eight years earlier than other workers.

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Shaquonica Johnson, 37, has been a personal care attendant for 15 years. She works several different jobs at $8.50 an hour to care for her two children.

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She says poor health cannot be separated from poverty wages.

“We need to raise the wage so that all Minnesota families have a better sense of health and to be able to live productive lives,” Johnson said.

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At the capitol, health experts also pointed out that many people don’t get preventive care because they can’t afford it. As a result, they end up at the hospital when they become seriously ill.