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

The Actors Fund
The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center updates its workshops and seminars with comprehensive information on the latest insurance options, provides enrollment assistance for Affordable Care Act plans, and offers online resources, education and literacy tools.
The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City offers primary and specialty care, expedited referrals within the Mount Sinai Health System, extended hours and continuity of care for those who experience regular changes in health insurance coverage.
See website for other healthcare initiatives.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: New York City: 800.221.7303; Chicago: 312.372.0989; Los Angeles: 888.825.0911

Al and Malka Green Artists' Health Centre - Ontario, Canada  
The Al and Malka Green Artists' Health Centre offers both medical and complementary care to professional and performing artists and to students and staff at post-secondary arts institutions. Their specialized practitioners focus on the specific health care issues and needs of artists, providing a holistic approach to health. A subsidy fund is available to allow artists of limited means to access the center.
Toronto Western Hospital, West Wing, 3rd Floor
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5T 2S8
Telephone: (416) 603-5263 

Cancer Care Assistance
Cancer Care provides limited grants to individuals for certain expenses related to treatment.
Telephone: (800) 813-4673

Center for the Performing Artist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell - NYC
Comprehensive and integrated healthcare services for performing artists, such as care for vocal disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, pulmonary conditions, neurological conditions and movement disorders.
Telephone: (646) 962-2787

Editorial Freelance Association
Provides group health insurance at discounted rates to members.
71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor 
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 929-5400
[email protected]  

Free Dental Search  
Online directory of free and affordable dental service providers.

Free Clinics
Online directory of free and affordable medical service providers.

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries - NYC  
The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at the NYU Langone Medical Center is dedicated to providing the dance community with injury care and preventative resources. They offer many subsidized and free services including orthopedic and sports medicine clinics, physical therapy and athletic training services, and injury prevention lectures and workshops.
Telephone: (212) 598-6054
Email: [email protected]

HealthCare for Artists - Massachusetts  
Assists Massachusetts artists in all disciplines in finding health care providers, health care resources and information, and health care advocacy organizations. Individuals may call their hotline for assistance in obtaining health insurance.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 382419
Cambridge, MA 02238
Telephone: Health Care For All's Help Line (800) 272-4232
Email: [email protected]

This site is the main hub for information on health insurance and assistance programs offered by the United States government. Users can find eligibility and application information for the insurance marketplace, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Telephone: 800-318-2596 

Medicaid  is a federally funded program that provides medical and prescription coverage for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources.

Medicare  is a federally funded program that provides medical and prescription coverage for people age 65 and older and people with disabilities. Telephone: 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962 

New York City Free Clinic
The NYCFC provides free health care services to uninsured adults age 18 or older. Services include specialty referrals, counseling, patient education, social services, and screening and registration for public health insurance. All new patients must be seen by a social worker to look at their eligibility. Free appointments are scheduled for Saturday mornings, with services available for a sliding scale fee on other days.

230 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 206-5200
Email: [email protected] - this email is for general questions about NYCFC. Do not email medical information or questions.

NYC Health + Hospitals
Integrated healthcare system of hospitals, neighborhood health centers, long-term care, nursing homes and home care -- the public safetynet healthcare system of New York City. They offer a variety of medical services, facilities, health insurance, and financial assistance.
125 Worth Street
New York, NY, 10013 

Physician Volunteers for the Arts - NYC & L.A.
Dr. Barry Kohn administers annual flu shots to the NYC theater community, as well as offering some free services and referrals to the entertainment industry in New York City and Los Angeles.
Telephone:(323) 207-6822

Springboard Artists - Minnesota  
Springboard connects artists to healthcare and health insurance. Their programs are designed to bring artists and their families into existing health care systems, including community clinics. They've also created toolkits and resources to connect your community to care.
Mailing Address:
Springboard for the Arts
308 Prince Street, Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101


The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The initiative functions as an entryway and guide through The Fund’s many programs when you’re facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events. Services include: one-on-one counseling and referrals to helpful resources; support for issues around sexual harassment; assistance in locating legal and health services; and more.
New York City
Telephone: 212.221.7300, ext. 119
Telephone: 312.372.0989
Los Angeles
Telephone: 323.933.9244, ext. 455

Dance/NYC Sexual Harassment Resources
Dance/NYC has identified a list of sexual harassment resources in New York, which it will continue to update in the link above.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Telephone: 1-800-273-8255

NYC Well
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
Telephone: English - 1-888-692-9355, Press 2; Español: 1-888-692-9355, Press 3; ??: 1-888-692-9355, Press 4
Texting: Text "WELL" to 65173
For immediate medical attention, please call 911.

Public Theater Sexual Misconduct Resources
Resources for those interested in knowing more about ways to combat sexual misconduct and assault.

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call.
Hotline USA: 877-565-8860
Hotline Canada: 877-330-6366

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