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Preparing for October 1 and the Affordable Health Care Act

2013 July 17
by Katherine Adelberg

health-careWith the October 1 availability of new health insurance options for Americans nearing, libraries around Texas are preparing to respond to questions from their users about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as for requests to use library computers to access information.  At the recent annual American Library Association conference in Chicago, a partnership to help libraries was announced between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as well as a cooperative agreement between the IMLS and WebJunction.  WebJunction will be  developing a “kit” of free information and training to assist libraries around the country to serve their users.  While plans are still in the development stage, here are some resources that are already available for library staff to be aware of:

Sign up for a free WebJunction webinar Friday, July 26, at 11:00am – 12:00 Noon CST on Libraries & Health Insurance:  Preparing for October 1.  The webinar provides a broad overview of national plans to provide library staff with online resources to respond to increased patron information needs related to the Affordable Care Act.  Click here to register for this free webinar.  Because registration is already filling up fast, you may also want to sign up here to receive notification about the archived version of the webinar that will be available for viewing after the 26th.

Check out this very important starting FAQ from WebJunction to start getting your questions answered.

Another good starting point for information about the ACA and the available options is the new web site.  This site is for the public, and provides explanation of how to apply, how to choose, and how to get assistance.

Developing your own local training for end users?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has basic resources available, including speaker notes and presenter slides.  Choose the information for states who have not yet developed a separate state marketplace.

Want to provide a link to information from your library’s website now?  Take a look at Dallas Public Library’s home page, where they have added a widget that links their users to

Watch  for more information and continuing education opportunities as they become available.



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