Affordable Care Act and Public Libraries
Helping Library Patrons Utilize Health Insurance
From Coverage to Care: Health Insurance Utilization Resources
Now that Open Enrollment for 2016 has ended, libraries can help people use their new insurance plans with Roadmaps in many different languages, including a Tribal version. Download or order these and other resources for free!
Libraries can order Roadmaps (product number 11813) to help consumers understand their benefits and use them appropriately to connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live a long and healthy life. We encourage you to share these resources with consumers, and help them on their journey from coverage to care. We also hope you share information about local resources during your conversations to help individuals know where and how to access care in your community.
Roadmaps are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, as well as a Tribal version. Copies of the Roadmap as well as C2C’s consumer tools, Roadmap poster, and 8 Step booklets can be ordered for free and shipped at no cost from the CMS Product Ordering website. To order products, visit http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov/ , log in and order products of your choosing.
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Resources for Libraries
The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (2015). Emily Vardell, Ed. ISBN: 978-1-4422-5537-1
From the back cover: This authoritative guide from the Medical Library Association is designed as a practical guide for librarians who want to learn more about the ACA... for personal or research purposes. While focusing specifically on the unique role that health sciences librarians play in helping the general public, health care providers, biomedical researchers, and health science students, the book also contains guidance relevant to any information professional - providing concrete, helapful advice and unbiased, evidence-based answers for librarians...
Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-Care Options (2015) Francisca Goldsmith. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1288-1
This book serves as an essential foundation and guide for public libraries seeking to provide services related to health information and the ACA. It includes practical advice for understanding community needs, creating beneficial partnerships, and planning for outreach and programming.
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 from the Kaiser Family Foundation by clicking on the map.
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.
About This Guide
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.