Affordable Care Act and Public Libraries
Time is running out!
January 31st is the last day for 2016 Open Enrollment!
We are nearing the final deadline! Here is a list of all important deadlines and information for the 2016 open enrollment period:
- November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment started — first day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016.
- December 15, 2015 (extended to Dec 17): Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016
- January 1, 2016: 2016 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
- January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016
- January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016.
About This Guide:
This guide provides information and resources for libraries and the people they serve about the Affordable Care Act, starting with the basics and then digging deeper on a state-by-state basis. The law is complex, and the resources here are intended to help libraries in their efforts to provide reference services and outreach to consumers as they learn about their health coverage options, make decisions, and learn how to utilize insurance. This page includes general information about the law and how libraries can provide the best services to their communities. For states in the Pacific Southwest (California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada), please see state-specific information at the tabs above.
New Links and Breaking News!
Webinars and Trainings (Events and Recordings)
Getting Up to Speed - the Essentials
Get Official Resources
Resources for Libraries
This tax-filing season brings some major changes! This image shows part of an easy-to-understand graphic that breaks down the tax implications for consumers; click the image for the full infographic. See below for more resources regarding new forms and information about filing 2015 tax returns. (Updated 1/8/16)
State Medicaid Expansion
As part of the Affordable Care Act, individual states were given the choice to expand Medicaid services. Learn more about Medicaid expansion and find information about specific states at the page below from Healthcare.gov.
As we find resources for specific populations or audiences, we'll post them here.
State Health Insurance Marketplaces
States will either choose to provide a Health Insurance Marketplace or to participate in the federal Marketplace. American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands have not established Health Insurance Marketplaces.
Health Centers - Grantees by State
Community health centers have been essential in the effort to help people understand their options and sign up for health insurance. This effort is being supported through 2014, with new grants just announced on December 11. Go to the link below and choose from the map to see a list of the community health centers in your state.
MedlinePlus for Trusted Health Information
MedlinePlus is a vital resource for quality health information of all kinds, including health insurance and the Affordable Care Act. Visit the newly enhanced Health Insurance Health Topic page for links to essential information for library patrons and consumers.
Readings of Interest
About This Guide
This guide is a collection of selected links and resources to help libraries, hospitals, and other organizations help people find information and learn about the Affordable Care Act and their choices for health insurance.
The guide will be continually updated as new information and resources become available. Please feel free to link to this guide or reuse any of the content created here.
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NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
NN/LM PSR is part of the regional outreach program of the National Library of Medicine, located at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA. Our region includes Arizona, California, Hawai'i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific.
Our mission is to enhance access to health information for health professionals and the public. For more information about NN/LM PSR, please visit our website at nnlm.gov/psr.
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