Navigating the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obama-care") for Musicians

Charity hospitalWWOZ and Coventry Health Care recently partnered to offer free educational forums on the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its effect on the music community. These forums offered information on how to apply for insurance and the various government subsidies available. 

Scroll down to see a slide show summarizing the information presented in these sessions.

What material was covered in these forums?

  • A brief overview of the Affordable Care Act
  • Intro to online Health Insurance Exchanges – how to find new coverage plans
  • Breakdown of product categories available on the Exchanges
  • Ways to use the Exchanges & how to get ready for October 1st
  • Q&A – a chance for discussion and any remaining questions to be answered

Per the Affordable Care Act, all U.S. citizens will be required to have qualifying healthcare coverage by January 1, 2014. There are new ways to identify and afford coverage. Depending on income, individuals and families may qualify for tax subsidies that make required coverage more affordable.

After October 1, you will be able to enroll in online Healthcare Coverage Exchanges – competitive online Health Insurance Marketplace Exchanges for you to shop and compare new coverage plans available under the ACA.

 

"Musicians are self-employed and often don't feel they have the money for expensive healthcare. Searching for free healthcare often leads to waiting until last minute when conditions are acute and dangerous. The Affordable Care Act can make insurance coverage near free! It is the biggest change in America's health care system in our lifetime. It is an opportunity for you - individuals and families - to get something you couldn't afford. Do it now. Don't wait."

-J Pegues, WWOZ Member & CEO Coventry Healthcare of Louisiana

 

 

 

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