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Sag Health Plan Moving To Widen Eligibility For Performers

After Newtown, mental health gains prominence in gun debate

site internet style='float:left;padding:5px' /> Eligibility for both the SAG and AFTRA plans is based on meeting earnings thresholds over a four-quarter period so merging the plans was heralded as a solution to the problem of performers falling short of the thresholds when their contributions were going to two different plans. But the difficulties of combining the plans have given rise to the idea of reciprocity of earnings as an alternative. In recent years, employers have been opting to sign AFTRA contracts for new TV shows, particularly after SAG went through a contentious bargaining period on a master contract during 2008 and 2009.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://variety.com/2013/film/news/sag-health-plan-moving-to-widen-eligibility-for-performers-1200960107/

State funding for mental health hit major setbacks during the recession. Between 2009 and 2012, states cut $4.35 billion from their budgets for such services, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/14/politics/newtown-mental-health/index.html

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