(KMOV) -- A free program is being held Monday for a group of St. Louisans who currently do not have health insurance. The workshop is specifically aimed at those in the artist community, such as dancers and musicians, who are more likely to be uninsured.
“This is going to change a lot of people’s lives, not just artists, but we know that artists compared to the rest of the population tend to be uninsured and now they have an opportunity to get health care,” said Sue Greenberg, Executive Director of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.
The ‘Every Artist Insured’ campaign will host the event at the Regional Arts Commission on Delmar at 7 p.m. It’s free and nonpartisan.
Lauren Wilmore, a professional ballroom dancer, is one of thousands of “uninsured artists” who live in the St. Louis area.
Wilmore tells News 4, she hasn’t been able to afford healthcare for several years.
“A friend might say, ‘You should really go to the doctor,’ but I can’t just go. I have to think about, can I afford that trip to the doctor?,” Wilmore said.
According to event organizers, there are about 10,000 people in St. Louis who fall into the “artist category.” As many as 3,000 of them do not have health insurance.
Wilmore said the new opportunity to have coverage and get some help signing up for it, will provide some major peace of mind.
“I have been looking online but it is quite confusing still. So it will be nice to talk to someone and ask questions to someone who’s an actual expert.” Wilmore said.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Regional Arts Commission.
Seating is limited. Interested participants should register in advance, through the website:
To speak to an organizer, call the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts St. Louis, at 314-863-6930, or go online.
Find more information about the online healthcare marketplace here.