Back in September, we took a good, hard look at the health care crisis in the music community. The handy stat back then came from a survey conducted by the Future of Music Coalition in 2002; it was that 44% of working musicians lived without access to adequate health care, because they were either un- or under-insured. In part one of that investigation, we heard stories directly from musicians, and examined the widespread problem also with help from Alex Maiolo, a health insurance specialist who helps musicians navigate the insurance landscape through a free, non-profit, non-partisan program set by the FMC called HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool). In part two, we zoomed out a little, and examined the political situation at the time, offering a sort of glossary to help people understand what the power-holders are talking about, again with input from Alex Maiolo and other sources.
FMC has embarked upon a follow-up survey of musicians regarding their health insurance status. Are you a musician? Are any of your friends or family members currently working musicians? If so, you might want to take the survey. The more we know about the situation, the better able we are to address it… So stand up and be counted!
Alex Maiolo is an expert on this subject, and makes himself available to advise musicians through the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT), set up by the Future of Music Coalition. (If Sweet Relief is a musician?s last resort, HINT should really be one?s first.) Maiolo is not only a professional insurance agent (property & casualty? he?s licensed for health insurance but is by no means a health insurance salesman, nor does HINT sell anything or receive kickbacks or anything at all like that), he?s a musician, too. He plays in two bands, and knows what it?s like to be lost in the shuffle.