Friday, May 16, 2008

IDSA Health Insurance

See what you miss when you don't go to events? Announced at the Western District Conference, IDSA has made final steps and has just unrolled plans available through IDSA for Individual Health insurance for members.

From IDSA:

If there is one benefit prospective and current members ask IDSA for time and time again, it's access to health insurance. Among the IDSA community, there are many self-employed individuals-not to mention those working for small consultancies, those who find themselves between opportunities or young professionals yet to land that first job-who cannot find affordable health insurance.

Thanks to a new partnership with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization serving a national community of artists and arts organizations, the wait is over. Through Fractured Atlas, IDSA members in 29 states (for now—that number is scheduled to increase over the next several months. Yes, California is included) can obtain the health insurance coverage that may have proved elusive or difficult to find. In addition, members in all states can access the Arts Wellness Network, a network of 500,000+ health care providers with a focus on preventive care and alternative medicine, who make their services available to the arts community at discounted rates regardless of insurance coverage.

How does it work? All IDSA members can become an associate member of Fractured Atlas for free. Once you've joined Fractured Atlas, you'll have access to a number of new benefits, including health insurance, access to the Arts Wellness Network, liability insurance, press and publicity services, and special offers from a diverse number of businesses and other arts organizations. Please note: Fractured Atlas is not an insurance company. If you enroll in a health insurance plan or purchase liability insurance, your premiums will go to the insurance company in question, and they will be responsible for paying your claims.

Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization which receives partial funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, Seedco & the Non-Profit Assistance Corporation, The New York Arts Recovery Fund and The Non-Profit Finance Fund. Even if you do not currently have a need for health or liability insurance, we encourage our members to join Fractured Atlas as an IDSA associate member anyway, as they add new benefits often. And it's free.

Membership does have its rewards.

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