At the Jeremy Wilson Foundation and Cover Oregon’s health care event on Monday, the audience was told that musicians are twice as likely to go uninsured — a stat that matches with another from the Future of Music Coalition, who reported this week that 43% of the musicians they surveyed don’t have health insurance.
Here’s what else the FMC had to say:
Of those respondents who do have health insurance, 39 percent said they are paying for coverage themselves. This is over six times greater than the estimated 6 percent of the general population that pays for private, non-group insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Of uninsured respondents, the vast majority – 88% – say that the primary reason that they don’t have insurance is that they can’t afford it.