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Public Librarians and the Affordable Care Act

A note from Renae Barger, Executive Director of NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region:

As the regional medical library, we have been getting many requests from our public libraries surrounding trainings to assist librarians with the resources to equip them to help patrons understand Affordable Care Act (ACA) options.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been in conversations with several government agencies related to the ACA rollout October 1st.  There was a panel last week at the ALA conference in Chicago to engage libraries in how they can participate in the rollout and to determine what type of resources they need to participate.  One of my counterparts, Ruth Holst, participated on this panel.  Below is the description:

Libraries & Health Insurance:  Preparing for October 1

Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year?  In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about the new insurance requirements and options available.  Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons.

To learn how to serve patrons on the new health program, participate in informative session presented by Jackie Garner, Medicaid consortium administrator; Susan Hildreth, director of Institute of Museum and Library Services; Ruth Holst, associate director at the National Network of Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Kendra Morgan, senior program manager, OCLC Webjunction.

NLM has also added some “new” resources to the MedlinePlus health insurance page as a result of this need:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthinsurance.html.

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