Affordable Care Act and Public Libraries
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.
We created this guide to highlight authoritative information about the Affordable Care Act and From Coverage to Care (C2C) to help with outreach efforts to inform consumers as they make important decisions about their health insurance options. The role of NN/LM PSR 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 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 the tabs above.
New Links and Breaking News!
Even though the regular enrollment period has ended, library staff will continue to need up-to-date information. The 2015 tax season will be challenging for many people, as they learn the implications of not having insurance. Many states have opened a special enrollment period to accomodate those who didn't understand there would be a tax penalty if they did not enroll in health insurance. Check below for the latest news and important announcements related to tax information, special enrollment periods, and the ACA in general.
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. (Added 3/15/15)
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.
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.
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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