The Entertainment Community Fund’s Health Services

Volume 123, No. 6June, 2023

Entertainment Community Fund

Photo by Rebecca J. Michelson

The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) is a national human services organization that helps address the specific needs of musicians and other entertainment professionals — with a unique understanding of the challenges involved with a life in the arts and the knowledge of what it takes to thrive in an often-unpredictable industry.

This June, the Entertainment Community Fund shines a spotlight on the health services available to members of Local 802 through the Fund.

Located in the heart of Times Square and operated in partnership with Mount Sinai Doctors, The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts offers primary and specialty care and expedited referrals within the Mount Sinai Health System. Keeping the unique needs of performing arts and entertainment professionals in mind, the health center is open Monday through Saturday, with hours sensitive to the demands of rehearsal and performance schedules.

With primary care doctors and specialists available for appointments in gynecology, podiatry and sports medicine, The Friedman Health Center offers well-rounded care to meet the needs of those in the entertainment community — all in one convenient location!

The Friedman Health Center accepts most insurance plans, including many Marketplace plans, commercial and entertainment union insurance, Medicare and Workers’ Compensation, which provides peace of mind to those who cycle on and off of plans and allows for continuity of care. For individuals in need of assistance enrolling in a health plan, free and unbiased insurance counseling and enrollment services are available on site through our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center.

Whether seeking a routine check-up, specialty care, ongoing management of a chronic health condition or more, The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center is available to all members of Local 802 and here to help manage your health needs every step of the way.

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