Today’s the last day to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov, and if our Facebook feed is any indication, there’s no shortage of musicians out there who’ve waited till the last minute and are now getting covered. Don’t forget: we’ve put a page of artist-friendly resources together over at health.futureofmusic.org, and if you need some last minute assistance, our friends at Headcount are still manning their hotline at 1-919-264-0418.
Last-minute shoppers should also know that if they run into any technical problems related to the surge of traffic, they won’t be penalized, and will be given a little extra time to enroll. You can also call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up over the phone.
As the deadline has inched closer, we’ve seen a lot of media interest in the survey we conducted last summer in partnership with and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC). The survey found that, of the 3,402 artist respondents, 43 percent do not currently have health insurance, more than double the national average. (Check out the full report for more details). Here are the latest reports on the health challenges facing musicians:
American Songwriter highlights legendary songwriter Carole King’s efforts to spread the word about the exchange.
Sonicbids checks in with a couple of working musicians who signed up earlier this year and finds out what they think of their coverage so far.
Finally, Newport Mercury tells the story of David Lamb of indie-Americana band Brown Bird to highlight what happens when a musician lacks insurance and disaster strikes. (In an unfortunate postscript, the band reports that Lamb’s leukemia has returned. We send him our best thoughts and wishes for a complete recovery).
You can also check out the pdf below for some facts about the health insurance marketplace to inform your last-minute decision making.