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Since 2006, Springboard for the Arts has been helping artists navigate the healthcare system. We currently offer vouchers to community clinics, emergency relief funds, and MNsure navigation in our Artists’ Access to Healthcare program. When we began our work, artists were twice as likely as the general population to be uninsured in Minnesota, a number that has dropped from 14% in 2007 to 5% in 2017 with the Affordable Care Act.

As we continue our work for Minnesota’s creative community, we urge policymakers to find prudent and collaborative solutions that protect insurance coverage and bring down costs. Insurance coverage and affordable care are vital to a creative, dynamic and entrepreneurial economy, and yet a 2015 Gallup poll found that 31% of all Americans had put off needed care because of the costs. As we see it today, we believe that the bill that has been put forth by the Trump administration, titled the “American Health Care Act,” is not a step in the direction of either preserving coverage, or controlling costs.

That being said, we remind artists that this is a bill that hasn’t been signed. The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Our healthcare system has not changed and we don’t know when, or precisely how, it will change at this time. This bill, however, is the first piece of legislation to provide details about the potential future direction of healthcare and insurance coverage in America. If you want to express your feelings about it, you can contact your representatives here – https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

One thing we know for sure is that, if and when a change does happen, Springboard for the Arts will be there to inform you about it and help you navigate it. We are committed to working in creative, collaborative and community-oriented ways to provide access to healthcare and health insurance for all artists.