Musicians Struggle To Buy Insurance In A City That Thrives On Music

(By – Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News/Kaiser Health News)

It looks like Kalu James is living the life as a musician. He’s standing under a neon sign, ready to play guitar at Austin’s famous Continental Club. And when he’s not here, he’s hustling to pay his bills.

“Being a full-time musician means you have three other side jobs, you know?” he says.

James moved to Austin about eight years ago and got health insurance for the first time this year. He pays $22 a month, after the $200 subsidy he gets through the Affordable Care Act. Even that is a lot, because he earns only $15,000 a year. He gets help paying his monthly premium through a local nonprofit. Read more…

 

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