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Pic fund insures parents

Study opens doors wider

The Motion Picture & Television Fund has announced the expansion of its medical services to include the parents of eligible industry members.

As part of the plan, showbiz parents will now have access to the MPTF’s long-term care facility in Woodland Hills.

“We are pleased to announce the next generation of caring for the entertainment community,” MPTF prexy and CEO William F. Haug said. “For nearly 80 years now, we have been growing and evolving to meet the industry’s unique health and human service needs.”

Missing work

New offerings come in the wake of a 1998 study by the MPTF that indicated that many industry workers lose work hours assisting parents who need skilled nursing care.

Because virtually any individual who works in entertainment in Southern California qualifies for MPTF health care, expansion of the program will aid many new patients.

Part of the MPTF’s plan to accommodate more patients is the construction of Stark Villa, an assisted-living facility slated for occupancy in 2002. Now in the planning stages, the facility was made possible by a $10 million pledge granted in October 1997 by the Fran & Ray Stark Foundation. Parents of industry members do not qualify for all MPTF services, however, and eligibility varies.

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