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Health Insurance Resource Program

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 18:46:33 -0800

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>Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 17:16:34 -0500
>Subject: Health Insurance Resource Program
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> Below is information on a new Health Insurance Resource Program that I
> think you'll find interesting. Look for a link to the program through
> our website ( soon and additional information coming
> to you in an upcoming mailing.
> The Actors' Fund of America recently announced the launch of the
> Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), a significant
> information resource for the arts community nationwide, accesible
> through The Actors' Fund's website: With major
> support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Actors' Fund has
> created an innovative resource center which provides artists and arts
> organizations with current, accurate and thorough information that
> will help them obtain afordable, appropriate health insurance.
> "Fifteen percent of Americans are not covered by health insurance, and
> this percentage is significantly higher among artists," says Joseph
> Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors' Fund. "The Fund is proud
> to launch this comprehensive information resource to assist artists in
> making informed decisions about health insurance."
> Nationwide, more than 41 million people are without health coverage.
> Lack of health insurance is a particular problem for artists, who
> frequently do not qualify for employment-based insurance - visual
> artists because they are self-employed, and performing artists because
> they may not experience long-term job stability. At least 30% of
> artists are without any kind of health coverage, and when an
> unexpected illness or trauma occurs, they are faced with a crisis.
> Visitors to the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center's website
> database can access an array of information, including: individual and
> group insurance plans available in their state; what to look for in
> selecting a plan; public benefit plans for which they may be eligible;
> arts associations they can join to qualify for group coverage; health
> and insirance advocacy organizations, and links to other arts,
> insurance and health resources. Individuals and organizations can
> also access AHIRC information through a toll-free hotline, by mail or
> by appointment in New York City. The goal of the resource center is
> to explore how effectively information can be collected and made
> available to as many artists and arts organizations as possible.
> 1000 Vermont Avenue NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20005
> phone: 202/371-2830 fax: 202/371-0424
> www:
Jeanne-Marie Fritts
Executive Director