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January 13, 2003

Health Insurance and Affordable Health Care Workshop

Wednesday, January 15th, 1 to 4pm
Friday, January 17th, 10am to 1pm
Screen Actors Guild
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Cagney Room, Los Angeles

Sharp increases in premium costs for direct-purchase health insurance, increased eligibility requirements for entertainment industry union health plans and the disappearance of affordable arts association and self-employed person plans have created a pressing need to understand all available options for obtaining and paying for health care.


These sessions are designed for everyone in the entertainment industry who works with individuals/members who are seeking health insurance, particularly those who have become ineligible for union plans. It is an invaluable opportunity to understand the insurance and health care options that are currently available in California.

We urge you to have all appropriate staff in your union/organization attend one of these sessions. The information and skills they will acquire will help them better assist your union/organization membership with health insurance and health care issues.


  • The workshop will focus on getting and keeping health insurance in California, and finding affordable health care when you are uninsured.
  • Private insurance, association plans, and government programs will be covered, as well as access to sliding-scale clinics, pharmacy programs and other income-based care in the Los Angeles area.

A major feature of the workshop will be training in the use of the AHIRC site on the Internet to locate useful resources quickly.

Both sessions will be conducted by Jim Brown, Director of the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), a national database of information about health insurance and health care for the uninsured operated by The Actors' Fund. Mr. Brown has worked in the health insurance industry for some of its largest companies such as Aetna, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Beech Street PPO. He was also a regulator of managed health care plans for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

To attend one of the workshops please reply to this email or call The Actors' Fund office at (323) 933-9244 and speak with Daryl. For more information on The Artist Health Insurance Resource Center, you can visit the web site at http://www.actorsfund.org/ahirc/ or call (800) 798-8447.

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