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Dancers, please see Linda Hamilton's video lecture

about managing stress in dance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFQ9lOHITpo



PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE NOTICE

To All Plan B Participants 

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) prohibits the continued existence of standalone health reimbursement plans like AGMA Health Plan B. The Plan’s Union Trustees, Employer Trustees and the Plan’s lawyers have spent the past year trying to find a way in which to let members continue to use the money currently in their Plan B accounts.

The Trustees and the Trust’s lawyers have determined that the only way in which to comply with the law and to allow maximum use of the funds in their Plan B accounts by the largest number of participants was to ‘freeze’ the accounts going forward effective September 1, 2014.

Plan B will thus be amended so that accounts with contributions received by August 31, 2014 will be segregated and no further amounts will be credited to such accounts.  Such “frozen” accounts will not be thereafter increased based on contributions received after September 1, 2014 or any interest crediting.  Such accounts will continue to be subject to the current administrative rules.  (Forfeited amounts will continue to be allocated to Plan A and B expenses based on the current rules).

Participants may continue to receive reimbursement from their frozen accounts based on the traditional rules, EXCEPT that no one may be reimbursed for premiums for individual health insurance policies or for copays incurred under such individual policies.   In other words, claims incurred before or after September 1, 2014 are eligible for reimbursement from frozen accounts subject to the above restriction on individual insurance policies as well as the applicable Plan rules (including the deadline for claims submission).

Going forward, AGMA intends to amend all of its contracts so that there will be no further contributions to Plan B. Instead, contributions that previously were directed to Plan B under current contracts will now be directed into individual retirement accounts in your name in the AGMA Retirement Plan.

Obviously, we recognize that this change will disadvantage some current Plan B participants. Please keep in mind that the Affordable Care Act prevents the continuation of current Plan B rules and necessitated these changes, and that all other possible changes would have disadvantaged far more members far more seriously. Also, despite the similarity of names, the AGMA Health Plan is not AGMA and the AGMA Trustees on the Plan had no choice but to comply with the law.

Please note: Different rules affect employers that offer both Plan A & Plan B (or allow the direction of Plan A contributions to Plan B), and members at those companies can contact their local Area representative or the National Office with questions for guidance, although the only definitive answers regarding the rules of the Plan can come from Derek Davis, AGMA Health Fund Executive Director, at (212) 765-3664.

To find your current Plan B balance, sign in at www.asonet.com, or call Administrative Services Only toll-free at (866) 263-1185 for help. 

 

Attention New York City Opera singers:


New York City Opera has filed for bankruptcy protection. AGMA is preparing a claim on behalf of AGMA artists who have contracts to perform in any production scheduled for the 2013-2014 season. In order to file an accurate claim please send a copy of your contract to Candace Itow by email (citow@musicalartists.org), fax (212-262-9088) or regular mail to the national office as soon as possible. It does not matter whether NYCO returned a fully executed copy to you, since use of your name in publicity indicates that there is a pursuable commitment. In addition please include contact information that you would like us to use to contact you.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR CONTRACTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 


 

 

 



 

 

 

AGMA is proud to announce that the New Delegate Handbook is here!

Go to the Members Only Section of our site by clicking "Members Only" above.

Login and click on the "Delegates" link to the left,

then click on "Delegate Handbook" link in the dropdown menu.

Thank you to MMRCfor all of their efforts

in providing this valuable tool to AGMA Delegates.

 


AGMA and Actors’ Equity Make Peace

Of special interest to members is the fact that
now members of either union can attend the
other union’s auditions.

AGMA members, who have been members for
at least one calendar year, can attend
Equity auditions without joining Equity.
The cost to join Equity would be their
then current initiation fee less the
$500 initiation fee previously paid to AGMA.
AGMA has a standard letter that needs to be
presented to Equity upon joining. You can
obtain that letter by calling the Membership
Department at (212) 265-3687.


Additionally, current member of Actors’ Equity
may join AGMA as an affiliate union. In such
a case, only half the Initiation Fee and $78 for
annual Basic Dues are required ($328). In
addition, both AGMA and Equity members
in good standing are allowedto attend the
other union’s auditions without joining the
other union.

Click Here for full article

 

Discounts for AGMA Members
AGMA members in good standing are eligible
for a number of great discounts. Go to the
Members Only section by clicking
the Members Only button on the top banner
above, login and view our various discounts
with instructions on how to access them.

For AGMA discounts through Union Plus 
Click Here

If you know of additional discounts that are available to AGMA members, please email the information to the AGMA office .
Check back for updates!

 

AGMA has created a new facebook page

to join and stay up to date on AGMA posts.

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Guest Artist Agreement Now in Place: 
Article
 
Agreement Document

Notice about illegal videotaping

Code of Standards for Agents and Managers 

Agent Problems?
Contact Alan Gordon, National Executive Director
212.265.3687 or email
Emergency
24 hours a day 7 days a week
646.206.5095



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