Affordable Care Act, Public Libraries & NN/LM MAR
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" or ACA) is the major health care reform bill passed into law on March 23, 2010. It was amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
NN/LM MAR has created this guide to highlight authoritative information about the Affordable Care Act and to help with outreach efforts to inform consumers as they make important decisions about their health insurance options. The role of NN/LM MAR as the Regional Medical Library is to provide our public libraries and other member institutions with access to resources as they work with individuals in their communities. We can assist with directing our members to training opportunities and other state-specific resources.
This guide is meant to give an overview of some sources for materials to assist library staff in their communities in our region. If you are interested in general information or information that is specific to your state, please see below:
Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries (NN/LM MAR Newsletter Article)
Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 (WebJunction webinar recording)
Meaningful Use: Libraries Connecting Patrons to ACA Resources (WebJunction webinar recording)
What is the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has ten sections:
- Title I. Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
- Title II. The Role of Public Programs
- Title III. Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care
- Title IV. Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health
- Title V. Health Care Workforce
- Title VI. Transparency and Program Integrity
- Title VII. Improving Access to Innovative Medical Therapies
- Title VIII. Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act)
- Title IX. Revenue Provisions
- Title X. Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
The provisions of the ACA are being phased in over four years. On October 1, 2013, open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins.
ACA Trainings Resources
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
The National Library of Medicine has updated the MedlinePlus Health Insurance health topic page to provide you with updated information on a topic of interest to those in the communities that you serve. The MedlinePlus Health Insurance section now includes a variety of reputable resources about the Affordable Care Act from government and other reputable agencies to keep you informed.
To locate the latest information available via MedlinePlus on the Affordable Care Act, please type 'health insurance' into the search box below.
Let's Ask 4? Video (Institute of Medicine)
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