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Thu November 18, 2010

Reaching Out to Uninsured Artists

Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care.

Kansas City, MO – Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care. With the recent overhaul in the nation's health care system, by 2014, most Americans are required to have health insurance or face a fine. A national organization has a goal of insuring every artist, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

For over a decade, the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center, a program of the Actors Fund, has helped to connect artists and entertainers to affordable health care.

Renata Marinaro is the Fund's Manager of Health Services, Education and Outreach.

"We're actually not working with the government or any kind of insurance company. Our information is comprehensive and unbiased, which makes us unique," says Marinaro. "But despite our best efforts, the number of uninsured artists has increased."

Marinaro says with the passage of the health care reform bill, there are now more options for artists.

"Many of the provisions are directed at the individual and small group market where the majority of artists and entertainers find themselves," says Marinaro. "But we found that many people are uninformed about the law. They don't realize that they can take advantage of some new programs before 2014, when the most dramatic changes take effect."

Two informational sessions take place on Saturday, November 20, 4 - 5:30 pm and on Monday, November 22, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main, Kansas City, Missouri.

Check here for more information about affordable health care in Kansas City.

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