Friday, April 4, 2008

New Pittsburgh Health Care Option for Artists Info, GPAC

This is a groundbreaking opportunity for Pittsburgh area artists to get affordable health coverage. To learn more about GPAC, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, check out their website http://pittsburghartscouncil.org

This info is from the GPAC April 2008 Newsletter. A full pdf copy of the GPAC newsletter can be found directly here and you can sign up for future newsletters here .

Announcing Health Coverage for the Arts

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council is proud to announce the arrival of health coverage for local individual artists and part-time and seasonal employeesof local cultural organizations. This is not a traditional health insurance program, but a limited benefit medical plan that was designed based on input from the arts community about desired benefits and pricing.The HM Care Advantage plan, underwritten by HM Life Insurance Company,starts at under $60 per month.

Eligible Arts Council members will have the opportunity to choose from three tiers of coverage. The plan pays a fixed amount for benefits including physician office visits, annual wellness tests and screenings, ambulance and emergency room coverage as well as discounts on pharmacy, vision, fitness and wellness services. Some plans also include an additional critical illness component and coverage options include individual, spouse, family or child(ren)only coverage. Coverage becomes effective on July 1, 2008. You can’t be turned down for coverage, and there are no medical questions to answer.

Visit the Arts Council’s website for dates of upcoming information meetings and webinars and to download an informational brochure. With the introduction of this plan, the Arts Council has taken an important first step towards making healthcare coverage available to everyone in the local artscommunity who needs it. We look forward to taking more steps forward in the future!

Questions about specifics of the plan? Download a brochure at www.pittsburghartscouncil.org. Further information can be accessed by calling 800.481.9979 where customer service representatives for the HM Care Advantage plan are available to answer your questions from 8:30 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday. Are you part of an organization or arts business interested in offering this plan to your parttimeor seasonal employees? Contact Bridget Sinneway or Jim Patton at Triad USA, Inc. 412.880.4999 and mark your calendar for a special information breakfast meeting on April 22(location TBA). Other questions? Contact Ryan Freytag or Tiffany Wilhelm, your friendly membership staff at theArts Council!

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