In July, Tara Subkoff's friends organized a fund-raiser to gather money for the costs of her medical care after she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that would have been fatal if not operated on. The fund-raiser was held with the New York Foundation for the Arts, but now her friends say the NYFA is withholding the money (about $175,000 of the $500,000 needed was raised). Tara had insurance through the Screen Actors Guild to cover the cost of the operation, and sources say the NYFA knew about this and agreed to cover her post-op care and living expenses. However, the organization is reportedly not holding up their end of the agreement, forcing Tara to live in a "borrowed apartment on borrowed money." She's apparently not receiving the post-op therapies she needs to recover. A spokesperson for the NYFA responds:
"We are willing and eager to cover medical expenses and post-op rehabilitation, as per our contract. We can't cover her personal expenses. If an offer to pay rent was made, it was a mistake. We've asked Tara's attorneys to send medical bills, but they've sent only two."
We wish her a speedy and healthy recovery.
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