New Houston clinic helping performers, waiters get healthcare coverage

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:39 AM

HOUSTON -- Singers, dancers, and artists may get to live out their dreams, but that often comes at a cost in the form of no health insurance.

A new local clinic is helping to change that, and it’s not just performing artists who will benefit. Everyone from chefs and wait staff can also get help.

“Unless you’re a very large ballet company like the Houston Ballet, a union company, it’s really difficult for a small organization to take on healthcare,” says pro dancer Dominic Walsh.

Professional dancers are among the true starving artists who are often under-insured or uninsured.

“Many cases you can’t take the care, the type of care you’d like to take for yourself.”

Nearby Legacy Community Health Services an all-new full service federally qualified health center. It’s located in the heart of Houston’s arts district by design.

“Houston has such a vibrant entertainment subsection,” says Dr. Richard Beech. “We’re really trying to reach out to the Montrose area and surrounding artisans that really don’t think that they need it or can access quality healthcare.”

On Saturday, May 11 Legacy will host free health screenings for the entire family. Find more information in the press release below:

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In partnership with local restaurants, artists, small community organizations and businesses, Legacy Community Health Services’ new Handcrafted Health Care event showcases quality, affordable health care services to performing artists, entertainment professionals, visual artists, bartenders and wait staff throughout the community, many who are uninsured or under-insured.

Legacy’s Montrose Clinic, located in one of Houston’s largest cultural centers at 1415 California Street, will provide tours of the new facility, FREE health screenings and a family-friendly party with information necessary to make informed choices about your health care needs on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m.  Guests can pre-register for this event by phone 832-548-5041 or by email at events@legacycommunityhealth.org.

Free food, giveaways, entertainment and children’s activities will be provided.

Legacy Executive Director Katy Caldwell said, “Houston is home to some of the most talented artists and has some of the finest restaurants in the world, but few people realize that the people who work in those fields, who contribute so much to the quality of life in Houston, have real challenges finding quality, affordable health care for themselves. Legacy helps fill that gap by offering easy and affordable health care to those who are under or uninsured.”

As a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Legacy identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs connecting artists, craftspeople, musicians, artisans, hairstylists, dancers, photographers, food service and hospitality industry workers around the Houston area to affordable health care.

A United Way-affiliated agency since 1990, Legacy currently provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccinations and immunizations, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.

All Legacy campuses accept Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP, in addition to private insurance, and offer a five-tiered, sliding-scale payment system for patients who are uninsured or under-insured.

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