health care

Obamacare is in Trouble, but Musicians Should Sign Up Anyway

One of Donald Trump’s central campaign promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.  Trump memorably pledged to scrap the law “on day one” and replace it with “something terrific,” though details were scarce.  Since Trump’s election, many newly insured musicians have found themselves wondering what to do in the face of this uncertainty.

There’s no consensus in Congress about what system might replace Obamacare. Health care advocates like us are watching closely to see what changes might be most likely, and which provisions are likely to stay intact.

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Submitted by jonathan on December 8, 2016 - 12:06pm

A New Cause for Funders: Helping Bands Fix the Tour Van

May 12, 2016

It’s tough to make a living from artistic pursuits, and music is no exception. The nonprofit Future of Music Coalition conducted a study that found the vast majority of musicians are working or middle-class earners, and more than half of musicians surveyed make less than $25,000 a year from their music, and about a quarter make less than $5,000. Another FMC survey found that in 2013 (pre-Obamacare), 43 percent didn’t have health insurance.

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Health Insurance is Still a Work-in-Progress for Artists and Performer

March 9, 2016

In 2013, prior to the beginning of many of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center conducted an online survey of US-based artists about their access to insurance. The survey found that, of the 3,402 artist respondents, 43 percent did not currently have health insurance.

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Obamacare Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

by Kelsey Butterworth, Policy Intern and Kevin Erickson, Communications & Outreach Manager

As of November 1, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) is once again open, which means it’s a counterintuitively exciting time to be an artist without medical insurance. The ACA does what its name implies, and for musicians lacking coverage, it can be a critical step in leading a long and productive life. read more

43% of [Artists] in America Lack Any Form of Health Insurance

October 29, 2013

That’s according to a recent survey from the Future of Music Coalition, which found musicians to be ‘chronically under-insured’ and drastically below national (US) insurance averages.  And perhaps unsurprisingly, the more dedicated you are to your craft,the less likely you are to be insured.

The reasons are strikingly simple.  Also unsurprisingly, roughly 88% of all [artists] lacking health insurance simply couldn’t afford it.

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