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Librarians will be asked to help patrons with locating information about the ACA and the Insurance Marketplace. This guide points to resources; general and region-specific.
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New Links and Breaking News!

As libraries everywhere prepare for the next open enrollment period (Nov. 1, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016), it's more important than ever to stay up to date.  Check here for the latest news and important announcements related to the ACA.

From Coverage to Care - an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them: http://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/c2c.html

State-Specific Resources


Affordable Care Act Information

Enrollment Information:

We are taking steps to meet the consumer demand for affordable health insurance. There are four basic ways to apply for health coverage through the Marketplace:

Facilitating the process for consumers

Below are several strategies that you can share with consumers who have questions about the enrollment process when the online enrollment tool is unavailable. Some of these strategies include:

  • Call the 24/7 Call Center at -800-318-2596 – representatives are available to assist a consumer with the entire enrollment process from beginning to end.
  • Provide the paper application.
  • Provide the consumer with information about insurance plan options without using the online enrollment tool – use the subsidy calculator and plan options tool to find out what might be available for the consumer.
  • Remind people that the enrollment period is November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
  •  Keep a cheat sheet of the most commonly asked questions on hand to address basic questions and provide quick answers.
  • Have url and telephone numbers on hand to help prevent consumers from visiting questionable websites.
  • Keep copies of materials on hand (handouts, applications, other preprinted materials). There are great resources at marketplace.cms.gov


Updated Marketplace Resources:

Marketplace materialsproducts are being updated on a rolling basis http://marketplace.cms.gov


Latest ALA details on libraries and the Affordable Care Act:



Getting Up to Speed

Key Features of the Affordable Care Act http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/timeline/
Healthcare.gov – good starting point  http://healthcare.gov
CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace: http://marketplace.cms.gov
(Has official resources and training materials)



Readings of Interest

Full text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590enr.pdf
 Kaiser Family Foundation Guide to the Supreme Court's Review of the 2010 Health Care Reform Law: http://kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/a-guide-to-the-supreme-courts-review/
 Institute of Medicine report: Population Health Implications of the Affordable Care Act and further information: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/Population-Health-Implications-of-the-Affordable-Care-Act.aspx

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.


Health Insurance Marketplace

Get quick answers about Obamacare laws and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Healthcare.gov has good, easy-to-understand information for consumers; use it with your library patrons.


Uninsured Population by State

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