Health Insurance for Dramatists

Health Insurance and Healthcare for Dramatists

We support initiatives that provide resources for theater writers at all stages of their careers to access health insurance and healthcare.

Free Counselling for Individual Artists

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Venturous has made a grant to increase the Entertainment Community Fund’s capacity to offer free, one-on-one counselling for individuals who need assistance with health insurance, including:

  • Navigating the Affordable Care Act marketplace, including dealing with variable income, freelance employment, etc.
  • Eligibility for ACA premium subsidies
  • Understanding the various Medicare options
  • Resources for the uninsured and under-insured
  • And much more.

The Fund, which was known for many years as the Actors Fund, provides support for people who work in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance—onstage, on screen, and behind the scenes.

It’s easy for individuals to get started. Just visit the Fund’s online portal.

Once you register, you can sign up for individual counseling, webinars/workshops, and the many other services the Fund provides.

Specific information about health and wellness resources is here.

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We recently funded a pair of upcoming webinars presented by the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) in partnership with the Dramatists Guild of America that spotlight health insurance options and available resources for dramatists.

Every Theatre Writer Insured: Welcome to Medicare!

October 25, 2023

An informational session about the Medicare enrollment process. This webinar is for anyone who will soon be getting Medicare or is already enrolled in Medicare and wants to learn more about how it works. This session includes changes to Medicare for 2024.

Every Theatre Writer Insured: Welcome to Open Enrollment!

November 15, 2023

This webinar will help you understand your options when considering your next health insurance plan. It will give you clear, step-by-step guidance on what all your insurance options are, and how to get the most affordable coverage. You’ll learn about Affordable Care Act plans, Medicaid, the Essential Plan, and COBRA. Find out how to estimate variable/sporadic income and see if you’re eligible for free insurance or expanded subsidies to reduce your premiums. If you’re uninsured, find out how to reduce your healthcare and drug costs.

This session is an excellent opportunity for unbiased, comprehensive information from an experienced health insurance navigator. The information shared is relevant to theatre writers, including freelancers and those who are self-employed.

These webinars are supported by a grant from Venturous Theater Fund to the Entertainment Community Fund. They are presented in cooperation with the Dramatists Guild of America.

VTF grants are made through Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation, a donor-advised fund. All grants are prospective until approved by the staff/board of the Tides Foundation. These guidelines are for informational purposes only, and contain no commitment, implied or otherwise, to make any particular grants. VTF reserves the right to change its funding philosophy and/or granting practice at any time without prior notification.