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HAAM teams up with city of Austin
Thursday, December 3, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
Austin’s Economic Development Department has partnered with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians “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,” according to a press release from the city. HAAM’s Healthcare Access Program is enrolling musicians in insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act until Dec. 15. The nonprofit offers support in paying monthly premiums, navigating the system and connecting musicians with community resources. “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, the city’s chief economic recovery officer. “Partnering with HAAM to expand the Healthcare Access Program supports musicians by offering year-long comprehensive coverage that includes access to mental health care.”