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D. Health and Insurance Resources

In times of dire financial need, artists may find the following social service, health/insurance and financial/business organizations of use.


Actors Fund of America’s Health Insurance Resource Center

AHIRC.org is an up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers and the self-employed.
E-mail:
ahirc@actorsfund.org
Website:
http://www.ahirc.org/

Actors Fund Disabled Care Program
The Disabled Care Program provides supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families who are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability. Social workers help develop personalized plans, and information and advocacy is availableo help negotiate medical bills, coordinate public or private benefits, arrange for home care and facilitate referrals to community resources.
Website: http://www.actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/services-disabled  

Access Program
This program sponsored by the Woodhull Medical and the North Brooklyn Health Network in New York City. Allows artists through performances or interactive programs for patients, to exchange their art for health care credits. Credits accrued in the artist's personal account can be used in lieu of dollars to cover sliding scale fees in Woodhull's HHC Options program.
Contact: Artists who are interested in joinging the HHC Artist Access program at Wooshull, should call 877-244-5600.
For more information:
http://www.nyfa.org/files_uploaded/healthfaqs.pdf
For an application: http://www.nyfa.org/files_uploaded/health-care-application.pdf

Artists' Access to Health Care (AAH)
Offers low-cost medical care to help uninsured and under-insured artists living in the St. Paul, Minnestoa metropolitan area.
Mailing Address:
Springboard for the Arts
308 Prince Street
Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101
Email: nikki@springboardforthearts.org
Website: http://www.springboardforthearts.org/health/

Cancer Care Assistance
Cancer Care provides limited grants to individuals for certain expenses related to treatment.
Website: http://www.cancercare.org/financial

Chicago Artists' Coalition
A list of over 20 health care providers that offer significant discounts to CAC members. Also includes a comprehensive list of free clinics providing health services to the under-insured and un-insured. Fractured Atlas Membership: A partnership, FREE to CAC members with this New York based non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations, allows us to offer studio, general liability, event, rental, and health insurance at reduced fees, as well as access to other benefits.

A list of over 20 health care providers that offer significant discounts to CAC members. Also includes a comprehensive list of free clinics providing health services to the under-insured and un-insured.

Fractured Atlas Membership: A partnership, FREE to CAC members with this New York based non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations, allows us to offer studio, general liability, event, rental, and health insurance at reduced fees, as well as access to other benefits.

Mailing Address:
Chicago Artists' Coalition
1550 North Damen Avenue, Unit 201
Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone:
(773) 772-2385
Fax:
(773) 772-2387

Email
: laura@caconline.org
Website: http://chicagoartistscoalition.org/

Entertainment Assistance Program

Entertainment Assistance Program (EAP) helps members of the entertainment community manage a variety of demands in their work and personal life. Services include Information, counseling and referrals, assistance in locating legal and health services as well as information on affordable housing and advice in dealing with landlord/tenant issues.
Contact:
For additional information and an application, contact the office closet to you.

Eastern Region
Telephone: 212.221.7300 Ext. 119
Email:
intakeny@actorsfund.org

Central Region
Telephone: 312.372.0989
Email:
dtowne@actorsfund.org

Western Region
Telephone: 323.933.9244 Ext. 55
Email:
intakela@actorsfund.org
Website: http://www.actorsfund.org/services/Social_Services_and_Financial_Assistance/Entertainment_Industry_Assistance_Program/index_html

Freelancers Union

Affordable Health Insurance for independent workers.
Telephone:
800-856-9981
Website: http://www.freelancersunion.org/about/contact.html

HealthCare for Artists
Assists Massachusetts artists in all disciplines in finding health care providers, health care resources and information, and health care advocacy organizations.
Mailing Address:

Artists Foundation
516 East Second Street
#49
Boston, MA 02127
Email: feedback@healthcareforartists.org
Website: www.artistsfoundation.org/art_pages/resources/resources_healthcare_sbchc.htm

Motion Picture and Television Fund

The Motion Picture & Television Fund is committed to providing entertainment community members and their families with quality medical care at our six health centers. MPTF health centers treat individuals age 13 and over and offer referrals for specialized care through primary care physicians.
Mailing Address:

23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Telephone:
(800) 876-8320
Website:
http://www.mptvfund.org/cm/health-care/health-centers/Home.html

NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
All available information related to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene can be found on the NYC DOHMH.
Contact:
For all available contact forms from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/contact/contact.shtml
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/home/home.shtml

Physician Volunteers for the Arts

A free medical clinic in New York City for entertainment industry professions.
Mailing Address:

475 West 57th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone:
212-489-2020 Ext. 140

The Al and Malka Green Artists' Health Centre Promotes the well being of professional artists with a facility that offers alternative, complementary and traditional direct health care.
Mailing Address:
Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5T 2S8

Telephone: 416-603-2581

Email: Corry.Thomas@uhn.on.ca
Website:
http://www.ahcf.ca/clinic.html

The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) Welfare Trust Fund
The AGVA Welfare Trust Fund is a self-funded major medical insurance, governed by a Board of Trustees, for the purpose of providing medical, optical and dental insurance coverage to eligible AGVA performers.
Mailing Address:

363 Seventh Avenue, 17Th Floor
New York, New York 10001-3904
(212) 627-4820
Fax:
212-633-0097
Email:
info@agvausa.com (or email to the direct email addresses listed throughout this website).
Website:
http://www.agvausa.com/trustfund.html

The Center for Cultural Innovation
Promotes knowledge, sharing, networking, and financial independence fo individual artists and creative entrepreneurs in California. Provides group health and dental insurance.
Mailing Addresses:

Administrative Office
244 S. San Pedro Street
Suite 401
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Bay Area Office
870 Market Street

Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Email: info@cciarts.org

Website: http://cciarts.org/

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries was founded in 1989 in partnership with the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in response to the New York dance community's critical need for specialized and affordable health care. Still today more than 50% of dancers are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford the medical help they need. The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and NYU Langone's Hospital for Joint Diseases are committed to offer a full variety of affordable health care options from free preventative screenings to subsidized and sliding fee-scale injury management systems.
Email: harkness@nyumc.org
Website: http://hjd.med.nyu.edu/harkness/

Women’s Caucus for Art
Membership organization offering health insurance, and disability and life insurance to members.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1498
Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013 Website
Email: 
info@nationalwca.com
Website: http://www.nationalwca.org/
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