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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 3:00PM-4:30PM
Price:  FREE, and Open to the Public. However, you must register to attend (see below)
Location:  ONLINE via Zoom!

C4 Atlanta, in partnership with The Actors Fund and The Health Initiative, present COVID-19 Concerned: Insurance Edition. This informational workshop will be lead by Renata Marinaro, LMSW, National Health Services Director for The Actors Fund and Amir Jones of the Health Initiative. COVID-19 has caused many to lose healthcare, have income changes or get interested in getting covered. Renata and Amir will share information regarding options for artists  who have experienced changes to income or healthcare from COVID-19 and where they can find help locally in navigating their healthcare options.

Questions answered during this session include:

  • Can I sign up for healthcare if I don’t have it already? What are my options?
  • Does losing wages/income affect my healthcare options?
  • What do I do if I lost my healthcare through my employer or union because I was laid off?
  • Are short-term plans or faith-share plans a good alternative if I don’t already have insurance?
  • Where can I find help in Georgia to understand my options for healthcare?

Please note: Content in this workshop is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an alternative to working with a social worker, health insurance navigator or other insurance professional.


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This workshop is free! However, you must RSVP to attend in order to receive the Zoom online platform link. Please RSVP in the form to ensure your seat in this workshop.

About Renata Marinaro

Renata Marinaro, LMSW, is National Director of Health Services for The Actors Fund. She counsels professionals and small businesses in the entertainment industry nationwide on health care coverage options. In March 2017 she helped launch the Samuel J Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Mt. Sinai. Renata’s goal is to create educated and active health care consumers, and to that end she has written online tutorials and a guide on the Affordable Care Act, “Every Artist Insured”, as well as the monthly online series, “Health Insurance HQ.”  Renata is also a licensed social worker and has worked in health care settings in the New York area.

About Amir Jones

Amir Jones has a passion and drive to help and serve people.  Amir has worked as a social change advocate for a number of years.  Topics such as reproductive justice, health care fairness and equity, economic justice, and other LGBTQ politics are among his purview.  Amir is delighted and thrilled to be a part of the Health Initiative (HI) family, using his skills and abilities to respond to health fund requests, table at events, and other matters of need to the LGBTQ community in Georgia.  In addition to working with HI, you can find him at Charis Books and More, serving as a volunteer, offering input and smiles to those that come to the bookstore—one of the oldest, independent and feminist bookstores in the U.S.—in Little 5 Points.

How is this workshop different from other workshops?

This workshop will focus on options available to artists affected by COVID-19 for health insurance or health insurance changes. Faciliators will answer frequently asked questions about how changes to income and job status affect eligibility for health care options, Marketplace eligibility and what options are available. Local resources for artists navigating healthcare changes in Georgia will also be shared.