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Harris Health System: Access Care

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ACCESS CAREAs the community-owned healthcare system for the nation's third most populous county, we deliver fully integrated healthcare services to a broad cross section of Harris County residents. Some of our patients are funded by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, but many are among the 1.2 million Harris County residents who are uninsured or underinsured.During fiscal year 2014, we leveraged $516.0 million in tax-base support into $1.577.9 billion of charity care, delivering a level of quality that rivals top-notch private institutions. In fact, Harris Health System boasts numerous centers of clinical excellence that are among the best in the nation.https://www.harrishealth.org/en/patients/access-care/pages/default.aspx
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Harris County Healthcare Eligibility Calculator

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ELIGIBILITY CALCULATORThe Harris County Health System offers a calculator to see if you qualify to receive a discounted health plan.Use this tool to see which Harris Health Discount Plan you may get.Follow this link to find out if you qualify! https://www.harrishealth.org/en/patients/access-care/pages/eligibility-calculator.aspx
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Legacy Community Health Services

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Legacy is a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs. A United Way-affiliated agency since 1990, we currently provide primary care, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services for adults and children, family planning, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care. Legacy’s team of health care professionals—physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, social workers, nutritionists, and nurses—tailor services to meet the needs of each patient regardless of age, sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability to pay. For more than 30 years, this Houston area institution has been treating marginalized, indigent, and under-served Texans through a holistic approach to health care that promotes optimal health and wellness.
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Mental Health Services Locator

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Mental Health Services Locator This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You may also access the underlying facility location information here.Information contained in the Mental Health Services Locator is based on information collected in 2010. As new information becomes available SAMHSA will update the locator. If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or if medical help is immediately needed please call 911. 
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NeedyMeds.org Drug Discount Card

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NeedyMeds Drug Discount CardNeedyMeds now offers you another way to save on prescription costs. With the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card you can save up to 80% off the price of your prescription medications. The card may be used by those without insurance and by those who decide not to use their insurance - for example if the drug is not covered under their plan, the copay or deductible is high, the cap has been reached, or if they are in the donut hole. The free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card is accepted at over 62,000 pharmacies, including major chains such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and at regional chains and local stores. There are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process needed to use the card. One card can be shared with friends and family members, or they can print their own. The card can also be used for over-the-counter medications and medical supplies if written on a prescription blank, and pet prescription medicines purchased at a pharmacy. The card is active immediately and never expires. Every time the card is used, NeedyMeds receives a small amount to keep our website up-to-date and growing. What If I Have Insurance?Anyone can use the card but it can't be combined with insurance. You can use it instead of insurance if:The insurance has no drug coverageThere is a high drug deductibleThere is a low medicine cap that has been metThere is a high copay and the card offers a better priceYou are in the Medicare Part D donut hole  A Few Things You Should KnowThis card is not an insurance program-it's a discount card.There may be no savings for certain drugs, including many inexpensive generics.The card cannot be used to lower a copayment. Visit the weblink to download the discount card and to learn more information.
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Freelancers Union

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Freelancers Union believes all workers should have the freedom to build meaningful, connected, and independent lives – backed by a system of mutual and public support.   Nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker. That's 42 million people – and growing. We're lawyers and nannies. We're graphic designers and temps. We're the future of the economy. Freelancers Union serves the needs of this growing independent sector. We're bringing freelancers together to build smarter solutions to health care, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. We call it New Mutualism. You can call it the future.   Our workWe're helping the diverse self-employed community build a powerful voice – in politics and in markets. We connect freelancers to group-rate benefits, resources, community, and political action to improve their lives – and their bottom lines.     Health Insurance & Benefits 101Your intro to health coverage. Find out about picking plans and saving money.Learn more
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Healthcare Solutions for Dancers

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By Stephanie Wolf, courtesy of Dance Informa.com.A dancer’s ability to work and earn income is dependent on optimal health and physical condition. Therefore, proper healthcare is essential for longevity in the dance profession. But, unfortunately, many American dancers are under or uninsured due to the rising costs of healthcare and the complexity of applying for an insurance plan. Finding affordable health insurance is a dizzying feat, especially for freelance dancers who lack the option of obtaining insurance through their employers. The Internet is inundated with information and the nation’s capital is all a buzz with talk of healthcare reform, but what does it all mean?Many dancers fall into the 10 to 11% of Americans who get their insurance through the individual healthcare market and dancers are amongst the highest percentage of uninsured artists. High premiums make it challenging to find the right plan. Additionally, because of the intense physicality of the dance profession, many dancers have difficulty getting approved for a plan because of a pre-existing condition. Organizations such as the Actor’s Fund, Media Bistro, TEIGIT, the Freelancer’s Union, and other artist-based unions provide tools and resources for healthcare options, playing a role in ensuring the health of American artists.The Actor’s Fund (AF) is at the forefront of this cause – helping more than 400,000 performers every year gain access to healthcare – and gears a lot of their services towards dancers. Since 1998, AF has worked with dancers, and now has several comprehensive online tools and one-to-one counseling options to help dancers continue to perform at their best. One tool is the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC), which provides listings for workshops, counseling, and an online database of plans, subsidized healthcare, and government programs for each state. Spearheading these programs is AF’s Director of Healthcare Services James Brown who has an extensive background in health insurance and is a healthcare regulator in New Jersey.Currently, AF is conducting a large dancer healthcare initiative through a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation. The project involves workshops and seminars in 10 dance-centric cities around the country: Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Brown will conduct the workshops and engage with both dancers and people who run dance organizations in conversations about the laws and availability of health insurance in each of their corresponding cities. AF is also working on creating webinars for those that can’t attend the workshops . . . read more at danceinforma.com
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Getting the Right Insurance Coverage

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Courtesy of Studio Protector.org On a daily basis, the CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resouces) receives requests from craft artists throughout the country for information and financial assistance in the wake of emergencies that jeopardize their livelihoods. Too often, these fires, natural disasters, accidents, life-threatening illnesses, and thefts leave professional artists on the brink of ruin because they have not properly protected themselves with business insurance. CERF+ currently provides financial assistance only to craft artists, but there is no reason to believe that the same does not hold true for all artists. While there may be no way to prevent an emergency from taking a toll on your business, the damage can be minimized with appropriate business insurance. Many artists have considered business insurance but have dismissed it as either an unaffordable or a frivolous expense. But as Christina and Michael Adcock, owners of Leaves of Grass in Santa Barbara California, can attest, it is not. In 2002, they lost all of their equipment, materials, tools and inventory in a fire that consumed their studio. They were unable to work for the three months it took for their studio to be rebuilt. Fortunately, they were covered by insurance. More about Insurance:Risk ManagementHealth InsuranceHomeowners InsuranceBusiness InsuranceDisaster InsuranceFlood InsuranceInsurance ResourcesBusiness Insurance Plans 
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Studio Protector.org The Artist's Guide to Emergencies

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The Studio Protector Online Guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists.The Online Guide provides in-depth guide to disaster prevention and planning.  Concisely-written pages on a wide variety of topics with annotated listings of web and print resources will help steer you to more comprehensive and technical information.  Interviews with artists and experts  add straightforward real-world experience to the mix of topics and issues.  It also provides information to help you recover and salvage artwork, livelihood, and workspace.     Who developed the Toolkit? The Studio Protector is the first product of the Coalition for Artists’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, a new national task force that was formed in 2006. Dedicated to ensuring a national safety net for artists, and the organizations that serve them, before, during and after disasters the Coalition is a consortium of local, state, regional and national arts agencies, artist service organizations and foundations,   CERF+ is the lead sponsor of the Coalition, and also, the creator of the Studio Protector. Did You Know?- Homeowner's or renter's insurance probably does not cover property or liability for your studio. - Flood Insurance is needed to cover damage from "rising water". - If you have an emergency involving water damage, you can freeze some items (like books and paper) so they don't mold - and then try to recover them later. - You may be able to salvage a wet cell phone. These questions and many more are answered in the 
Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies
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Fractured Atlas Pocket Guide: Insurance for Actors and Theatre Groups

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Insurance for public art projects can be a nightmare to understand: every city and commissioning entity is likely to ask for different insurance in different ways. This guide is here to help you begin to navigate the maze of requirements that your next project may present. Topics include:  Commercial General LiabilityVolunteer AccidentWorkers' CompensationProperty CoverageGeneral Liability Insurance (Individuals)Directors and Officers InsuranceInternational TouringHealth Insurance (Individuals)Health Insurance (Small Groups)Disability Insurance Courtesy of FracturedAtlas.org
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