Community Arts Partnership opens upcoming health care reform workshop to the public

March 13, 2014 by Ari Kissiloff

Maybe it's because everyone in Ithaca is an Obama fan and had already signed up. Maybe the Affordable Care Act is so terrible that people would actually rather pay a fine than be covered for pre-existing conditions. Maybe everyone in the Community Arts Partnership already signed up for a secret health care plan just for liberals. 

Truth is, we here at 14850 Magazine have no idea why, but it turns out that a free workshop called "Navigating Health Care Reform" originally arranged just for artists has a bunch of unanticipated space, and organizers are inviting anyone in the community to take part.

According to the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) folks, "This free workshop will help you understand the Affordable Care Act and provide you with clear guidance on what your options are. It's an excellent opportunity for unbiased counseling on an important topic. It's designed for those who work in the performing arts field, and includes a Q&A session."

Questions answered include:

  • What are the new options?
  • What are the penalties if you don't have insurance?
  • I'm a freelancer without insurance -- how will this affect me?
  • Who qualifies for subsidies to buy insurance?
  • Who is eligible for Medicaid?
  • What is the small business tax credit?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I apply?

The event is next Thursday, March 20th, from 5:30-7pm, in the CAP ArtSpace in Center Ithaca, on the Ithaca Commons, and the presenter is Renata Marinaro, LMSW, Director of Health Services, Eastern Region, Actors Fund, from New York City.

This isn't a walk-in event, even though it's free. If you're interested, you must RSVP by contacting programs@artspartner.org. Our thanks to CAP program director Robin Schwartz for letting us know about this opportunity.

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