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Affordable Care Act and Public Libraries

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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!

April 2015 UPDATE: 


A new Gallup poll indicates that the number of uninsured Americans continues to drop, with Hispanics and those with low incomes showing the greatest increase in enrollment. (Added 4/13/15)


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.

Poll about ACA public opinion

Webinars and Trainings (Events and Recordings)

State-Specific Resources

Getting Up to Speed - the Essentials

Get Official Resources

Resources for Libraries


Uninsured Population by State

Featured Resource

Health Care Law and Your Taxes, IRS Publication 5201

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

Map of US showing Current Status of State Medicaid Expansion as of August 2014

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.

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.

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.


NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

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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

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