Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Health Care Access Program for Local Musicians Expanded through City of Austin Partnership with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians



For immediate release: December 2, 2020
Media Contact: Veronica Samo, 512-974-7636,
veronica.samo@austintexas.gov

 

Health Care Access Program for Local Musicians Expanded through City of Austin Partnership with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Open Enrollment appointments are available until December 15, 2020

AUSTIN, TX – The City of Austin Economic Development Department announces a partnership with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) to provide access to affordable health care for Austin's low-income, underinsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness through the Healthcare Access Program.
 
"The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to limit the earning potential of Austin musicians, resulting in chronic stress that impacts musicians' mental wellness," notes Veronica Briseño, Chief Economic Recovery Officer for the City of Austin. "Partnering with HAAM to expand the Healthcare Access Program supports musicians by offering year-long comprehensive coverage that includes access to mental health care."
 
HAAM's Healthcare Access Program is currently enrolling musicians in comprehensive insurance coverage until December 15, 2020 through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace. Additional financial support is available to help musicians afford monthly premiums, personalized navigation, and linkage to essential community resources. HAAM's Open Enrollment is a one stop shop for musicians to sign up for HAAM membership and get health coverage for 2021.
 
Open Enrollment appointments are available until December 15 and offered virtually to accommodate COVID-19 precautions. Interested musicians should visit www.myhaam.org/become-a-member for instructions on how to access HAAM's affordable healthcare coverage. Hay asistencia en español.
 
For more information on recovery resources for businesses and individuals, visit www.ATXrecovers.com.

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About the City of Austin Economic Development Department
The City of Austin Economic Development Department supports business growth, creative industries, and local communities. These programs build an equitable, sustainable economy to improve the lives of all Austin residents. To learn more about helpful resources, visit www.austintexas.gov/edd or like us on Facebook @AustinEconDev and follow @AustinEconDev on Twitter

About Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
Since 2005, HAAM has provided over 5,700 of Austin's low-income, working musicians with $98 million dollars of access to affordable healthcare services. HAAM currently has over 2,700 working musicians who rely on the organization for access to healthcare that includes assistance with insurance premiums, primary medical care, hospital, emergency and specialty care, dental treatment, mental health coverage, vision, hearing, and wellness services. In addition, HAAM has in place a system for determining income and musician status eligibility, based on residency, income, and musicianship. HAAM is currently enrolling new musicians requesting immediate help.


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