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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
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.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED?
The workshop will focus on getting and keeping health
insurance in California, and finding affordable health care when you are
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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