I am still meeting and talking to theatre artists who seem completely unaware of the new Massachusetts HealthCare Reform Law.
Everybody in Massachusetts over the age of 18 will be required to have health insurance by December 31st 2007, and you will need to account for this on the tax forms you file next year.
I know there are many actors and theater artists, (especially in people in their twenties and thirties,) who function without health insurance for a variety of reasons, but that will no longer be an option in Massachusetts.
Many aspects of the law are still being worked out, but the mandate is one thing that is definitely coming.
Artists can learn more about how this law will affect them, and about their options at the following link on the Mass Cultural Council Website.
Get schooled on it, it is going to be our reality very soon.