November 12, 2013

ASCAP and Sterling Healthworks Announce New Partnership, Helping Members Benefit from Healthcare Reform

Resource Will Help ASCAP Members Understand and Benefit from the Affordable Care Act


New York, NY, November 12, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Sterling Healthworks (a division of Sterling Risk and partner with MusicPro Insurance) today announced the availability of a comprehensive new ASCAP member resource for understanding the impending Affordable Care Act, making the right selection for their personal situation and maximizing health insurance affordability. No music organization in the world has more independent songwriter, composer and small music publisher members than ASCAP, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured for health care. ASCAP is the first music organization to establish such a resource for members or affiliates.

The Affordable Care Act goes into effect January 1st, 2014, and the selection period recently commenced on October 1st, 2013. The Act will give many songwriters, composers and small music publishers the ability to get affordable health insurance for the first time. Because there is tremendous confusion and misinformation about how it works, how to get it, the difference in plans, etc., Sterling Healthworks has developed a web and call center resource for ASCAP members to receive personalized guidance in health plan selection. It features one-stop convenience, a comprehensive database delivering answers and exclusive unbiased and customized policy selection tools. All a member needs to do is access Sterling Healthworks on the ASCAP website and type in their age, state of residence, family size and income. The Healthworks tools go to work to help the member evaluate their health plan options and estimate their potential tax credits, without having to make any kind of personal commitment. In the near future, and once the State and Federal Exchange websites are operating smoothly, members can then click to apply for health insurance and compare the cost and coverage offered by the different health plans.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 470,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

About Sterling Healthworks
Sterling Healthworks is the health care reform business of SterlingRisk. The Sterling Healthworks website provides information, tools, advice, a community forum, and access to experts on the critical issues facing families, small businesses and large employers. Our goal is to help families and employers develop solutions for addressing their health insurance and health care needs. In the future, consumers and businesses will be able to purchase health insurance on this website.

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