Art for health program offered at NYC hospital

A new program lets uninsured New York City artists exchange their art for medical services.

Tony-Award winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and rapper and radio personality Roxanne Shante helped launch the “Lincoln Art Exchange” at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on Monday.

They were joined by hospital officials and arts organizations including the Actors' Fund and the Bronx Museum.

Organizers said the program addresses the growing number of freelance and independent artists who can't afford health insurance.

Under the program, artists will earn “health credits” for every creative service they perform. In exchange they'll be able to obtain doctor's visits, laboratory tests, hospitalization, emergency care, dental care and prescriptions at Lincoln.

Their services could include performances at special hospital events and painting murals in Lincoln's clinics.

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Online: lincolnartexchange(at)nychhc.org

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