Kelly Tweeddale, San Francisco Ballet’s ED: “We have to take care of our workforce. This is a public health pandemic. Health care has to be at the forefront and compensation – for our staff and dancers.”
Many dance organizations have long been unable to afford health
insurance for dancers, even though they are the tools through which we
fulfill the missions of our companies. The Affordable Care Act and its subsidies to small businesses provide
an opportunity for dance companies to invest resources in their
employees’ health care, many for the very first time. Great! But, wait …
what options are available? What can we afford? Is my organization
required by law to provide insurance? What if my company can’t afford
insurance?? What are the deadlines???
I have been without health insurance for one year, three months, and
10 days as of today. I am 27 years old, physically active, have no
chronic health problems that require treatment or medication. I don’t
smoke. I only drink on occasion (and then in moderation), and as a
freelance dancer and part-time non-profit administrator in New York, I
make about $22,000 a year after taxes. I am at once exactly the kind of
person the Affordable Care Act was written for, and exactly the kind of
person they are afraid won’t sign up.
If I choose not to sign up I will be penalized $224 (1 percent of my income). Read on to find out more about the options Alexander Thompson faces.
With all of the new coverage options and requirements under the
Affordable Care Act, most people will need some help understanding their
coverage options and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.
Fortunately, the law creates a number of programs designed to provide
help online, over the phone, and in person.
Few professionals have as keen a need as dancers to stay as healthy and injury-free as possible, yet health care coverage is by no means guaranteed in the dance world. The Affordable Care Act seeks to improve access to health insurance across the country, while also improving the quality and comprehensiveness of coverage for those who currently have it. Read on for more on the ACA written for the dancer and dance company.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and its full
implementation beginning this past month in October 2013, it has now
become possible for every member of this group to obtain health
insurance with full benefits at a reasonable cost.
One of the most significant changes in health
insurance, is the option to purchase
insurance on the individual market, as many dancers do. Read on for more on this new insurance program and the options available.