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Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act: Good News for All Artists

June 28, 2012

Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is good news for all artists.

Since 1998, the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center at The Actors Fund has worked to find affordable health insurance and health care for thousands of visual and performing artists. Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will help more artists secure health insurance. We look forward to playing a key role in making sure that every artist is insured.

Lack of insurance is an ongoing crisis among artists, many of whom are self-employed or work in small businesses that cannot afford to offer it as a benefit.  Almost one out of three workers in our community is uninsured.

The Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions that will make comprehensive insurance accessible to almost everyone in our community. Subsidies for the purchase of private insurance, health plan Exchanges that give small businesses and individuals the buying power of group purchasers (such as large companies and unions), the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, and the end of exclusion from coverage based on pre-existing conditions are just a few of the benefits of this law.

The mandate to purchase health insurance is an essential provision of the law, as well. It should make the cost more affordable for everyone by increasing the number of healthy individuals who purchase insurance, and force those who shift the cost of their care onto others to take financial responsibility for it.

As it has for 130 years, The Actors Fund continues to work diligently for the well-being of artists and entertainers.  For us and the community we serve, this is not a political issue, but an issue of long-overdue access to quality, affordable health care for the people we serve.

-Joseph P. Benincasa, President & CEO, The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) has been connecting artists, craftspeople and entertainment industry workers around the country to health insurance and affordable health care since 1998. Getting health insurance or finding quality medical care is a constant concern for anyone who is uninsured or who isn’t covered by an employer, union or government health plan. AHIRC identifies alternative routes to coverage and local resources for care for performers, visual artists, stagehands, filmmakers, musicians, artisans, and other self-employed and episodic workers.

In addition, AHIRC has produced a concise and readable guide to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, otherwise known as the health care reform law. This guide clearly explains the most significant programs and reforms, with special emphasis on those that directly impact artists and entertainers. Every Artist Insured: Understanding Health Care Reform is written in a practical Q & A format and includes a timeline and links to pertinent websites.  

For more information, visit www.AHIRC.org. For more information on The Actors Fund’s free programs and services for everyone in entertainment, visit www.actorsfund.org.

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