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ACA Announcements

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

2014 – 2015 Navigator Funding Announcement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a recent funding opportunity intended to support Navigators providing health insurance enrollment assistance in Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014 – 2015. You may learn more about this opportunity here:

Many libraries have actively partnered with Navigator organizations in their communities to support outreach, education, and enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Libraries have contributed in many ways, such as providing space for Navigator information sessions, making library computers available for enrollment sessions, and sharing resources from Navigators in person and online. defines Navigators as: An individual or organization that’s trained and able to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. These individuals and organizations are required to be unbiased. Their services are free to consumers. 


You can learn more about Navigators and engaging other community health partners in the Partner Engagement section of WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries project site.
Understanding Special Enrollment Periods

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a new video regarding what it means for individuals to qualify for a special enrollment period in the health insurance Marketplace. This resource may be useful as a supplement to some of the key dates that have been established for Marketplace enrollment.
New Consumer Data from Enroll America

Enroll America has published recent findings regarding the attitudes, knowledge, and experiences of individuals who obtained healthcare coverage through the health insurance Marketplace, and those who remained uninsured. They’ve also made available a free webinar archive reviewing the findings, which provide useful insight into the information seeking needs of individuals exploring their health coverage options through the Marketplace.

Please feel free to contact the Health Happens in Libraries team directly with any questions or suggestions for topics that you would like to learn more about to continue supporting community health through your library!

The Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Preparedness Resources and Programs

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

The following report was just published and available to download at no cost to you online from the IOM’s website. The Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Preparedness Resources and Programs – Workshop Summary
Many of the elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014, and with the establishment of many new rules and regulations, there will continue to be significant changes to the U.S. health care system. It is unclear what impact these changes will have on medical and public health preparedness programs around the country. The implementation of the ACA provides an opportunity to consider how to better incorporate preparedness into all aspects of the evolving health care system and daily delivery of care. The IOM held a workshop to discuss how changes to the health system as a result of the ACA might impact medical and public health preparedness programs across the nation.
The Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Preparedness Resources and Programs – Workshop Summary

Thank you,
Judith W. Mills, AHIP, MLIS, MS Knowledge Manager Librarian

How to Plan a Health Care Enrollment Event

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

We welcome you to join us for a webinar providing information on how to plan a health care enrollment event on Wednesday, June 25th. We encourage you to submit questions in advance regarding health care event planning to

What:   Webinar: How to Plan a Health Care Enrollment Event for Champions for Coverage

Who should attend:      Primarily for organizations who have joined the Champions for Coverage program and National Stakeholders and organizations interested in learning information about planning health care enrollment events.

When:                        Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET

How:                                  Webinar link:     

Participant Call-in Number: (800) 837-1935

Conference ID: 54117469

We look forward to seeing you there!



-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

Follow-Up Email for the Health Insurance Literacy Webinar

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Thank you for joining us in yesterday’s Health Insurance Literacy Webinar. Again, we apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced during the call. However, if you were not able to join us or if there was any information you might have missed, you will be able to access the information few ways:


  • As mentioned on the webinar, the PowerPoint we presented is available for download at under the “Get training” tab. Scroll down to the “Health Insurance Literacy (February 2014)” section and click on the “presenter slides and slides with speaker notes” link, which will open up a zip file with one document with the talking point and another document without.
  • To listen in to an audio (only) recording of the presentation, you can use this call-in number until Friday, May 23 at 11:59 pm ET. Call: (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406
  • In about a week, we will also post a recording of this call on the Champion home webpage.


Here are a few more updates we mentioned on the webinar:


Let us know what you think! Marketplace Materials Feedback

As a reminder, our CMS Division of Training, which has provided some of the supplemental Health Insurance Marketplace training resources on the “Get Training” page on, is asking for feedback on these materials. Please visit to share your feedback on the following:

  • Feedback on existing training materials
  • Your thoughts on additional training products that would help you to be more effective going forward.


From Coverage to Care

The publication “A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You!” is available for download at


Thank you for your ongoing support to your communities!


-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

Champion for Coverage Weekly Newsletter

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Over 7.1 million enrolled! Now that is a historic achievement to celebrate! THANK YOU, thank you, for your extraordinary contribution to meeting this incredible milestone.

In the next few months, we will keep contact with you via emails and conference calls to keep you in the loop with the latest information. We know the work continues with ensuring that your networks and constituents are well-informed about how to access their health care benefits and to prepare the countless others who can still benefit from coverage through the Marketplace during the 2015 open enrollment period, running from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Please let us know about your experience!

Please contact us at to let us know about your outreach and education experiences; what worked well, what can be improved, etc. This way, you can help us make improvements and make for an even better 2015 open enrollment.

Please click here for the full April 4 Champion newsletter:

-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

Public Library Association

Friday, March 14th, 2014

For those of you planning to attend this week’s Public Library Association Conference, please join Health Happens in Libraries project staff on Saturday, March 15, at 9:15 AM in room 236 of the Indianapolis Convention Center, for a “ConverStation” on how your library has responded to customer needs regarding the Affordable Care Act, and to discuss the ACA aspects that are most relevant to your library and your patrons.
We know that libraries have been key partners in supporting the 4 million people who have already signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace. Library staff have provided referrals to reliable federal or state-based Marketplace resources in their communities. Patrons have relied on library technology resources to obtain health care coverage. And, libraries have partnered with trained ACA consumer assisters, community health experts, and other professionals to host information sessions and enrollment events. With six months of activity behind us and March being the last month for open enrollment, this is an excellent time for library staff to discuss our experiences with colleagues and apply the shared learning toward management of these services going forward. Please join us at this PLA event to share your perspective, or contact us with your thoughts at any time.

For additional ACA information, be sure to visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services booth # 1911 in the exhibition hall for official Marketplace resources. The National Library of Medicine booth # 843 will also have information on a variety of health resources for your community.


Liz Morris
Project Coordinator

Enroll America Webinars

Friday, February 28th, 2014

As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you, your patrons, and your partners remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others.

  • Enroll America is currently hosting a free, six-part webinar series, focused on effective outreach and enrollment strategies that can be implemented quickly and effectively in communities. All webinars will be recorded and archived for those who may wish to review them on their own time. To learn more and to register (or to access the archives) please visit:
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 26 at 7 PM Eastern, focused on Latinos and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on the Partnership Center and to register for this webinar opportunity, please visit:
  • The Rural Assistance Center provides health and human services information for rural America. They have created a Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment topic guide tailored to rural communities. This guide can be accessed at:

Are you aware of other resources that members of the library community would find interesting or useful to support patron understanding of the Affordable Care Act? Has your library developed new partnerships in response to this information need? Please join the Health Happens in Libraries team for a webinar on Thursday, March 27 at 2 PM Eastern to discuss your library’s experience! Registration for this free webinar is available at:

You can also email us at any time to share your story or feedback.

Affordable Care Act Workshop for NJ Librarians

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Congressman Rush Holt will be sponsoring “Connecting your community to their healthcare resources: an Affordable Care Act Workshop for Librarians” on Tuesday, February 18 at the Plainfield Public Library from 9:30-11:30.

Speakers will include:

  • Representative Rush Holt, from the 12th congressional district of New Jersey;
  • Mary Chute, State Librarian;
  • Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services;
  • Jaime Torres, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • and a local health care navigator.

Please click on the link at the end of this message for additional information including a registration page.

Questions may be sent to Kathleen Peiffer, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning,; 609-278-2640 ext. 152.


View Invitation & Registration Form

ACA and Resource Update from Health Happens in Libraries

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The current enrollment period for individuals seeking health care coverage in the health insurance marketplace is still open! There are many resources to support organizations and individuals in obtaining the information they need about this component of the Affordable Care Act. The following resources are intended to support libraries as they develop their own priorities for responding to patron inquiries in this area.

Do you have questions or input about libraries supporting community health information needs? Email us at any time! Thanks for your continued interest in Health Happens in Libraries, and for supporting our efforts to connect libraries with useful health information resources.

NYAM Grey Literature Report

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The new Grey Literature Report has been published.

You can find it at:<>.

This report’s main focus is on Gun Control <> and the Affordable Care Act <>, with a secondary focus on Child Health <>.

We look forward to any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have in regard to the Report. Please contact us:<>.

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team

The New York Academy of Medicine<>