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Libraries and the Affordable Care Act   Tags: aca, affordable care act, exchange, health insurance, insurance, marketplace  

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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New Links and Breaking News!

Now that the health insurance exchanges are open for business, library staff will continue to need up-to-date information.  Check here for the latest news and important announcements related to the ACA.

Webinars and Trainings (Events and Recordings)

State-Specific Resources

Getting Up to Speed - the Essentials

Get Official Resources

Resources for Libraries

  • Health Care "Shareables" from the White House
    If your library is looking for infographics or videos to help spread the word on your website, Facebook page or other social media site, be sure to check out the Shareables page from the White House! Go to the Issues tab and sort by Health Care to find materials related to insurance and the ACA.
  • Health Happens in Libraries and NN/LM Resources (October 2013)
    Webjunction added helpful new content in this posting about NN/LM resources. Once at the page, scroll down to see other entries, and check out the tabbed sections for additional information. The Resources section contains resources to support libraries provide eHealth services to their communities, official Affordable Care Act (ACA) resources for all states, and selected resources created by libraries to respond to patron ACA and eHealth inquiries. On the New page, you can also learn about what libraries are doing across the country to help patrons.
  • Sign up for updates on ACA training materials
    Be notified whenever new materials are posted from Webjunction by signing up on this page
  • eHealth Blog – Libraries and the ACA
    Keep informed by reading the eHealth Blog from Webjunction
  • American Library Association ACA page
  • Enroll America Best Practices Institute
    The Institute provides resources, publications, and webinars about implementing consumer-friendly enrollment practices
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Resources
    Need resources about the legislation, regulations, or analyses of the law? Visit this comprehensive guide from Lynn McClelland at the UCLA Law Library for answers to users' questions about the legal aspects of the ACA.

Uninsured Population by State


NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

Logo NNLM 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

Is something missing from this guide? Comments or suggestions are welcome! Contact us at

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.

Special Populations

Diverse group of young adults

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.

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


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.

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You

Health Insurance Marketplace

Get quick answers about Obamacare laws and the Health Insurance Marketplace has good, easy-to-understand information for consumers; use it with your library patrons.

Readings of Interest

  • Librarians to Help with Health Law
    This article from the Minnesota Public Radio discusses the role of libraries as they gear up to help the public understand their choices for health insurance under the new law.
  • Tracking ACA Implementation in California
    This guide from the California Healthcare Foundation tracks the California implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), describing requirements for public and private coverage, what steps have been taken and what still needs to be accomplished.
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy Page
    See this page for links to several timely and relevant papers, such as "Let's Ask 4: Questions for Consumers and Providers About Health Insurance", Amplifying the Voice of the Underserved in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014.

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.

Note about accessibility: To see the URLs associated with the hyperlinks on the page, please click on Print Guide. This will load a page with the URLs visible, which will be helpful for printing and screen readers.

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