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Health Reform Subsidy Calculator

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide ZIP code-specific estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who buy coverage for 2014 through the new state health insurance marketplaces:  http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/.

ACA Webinar Recording Available on PSR Website

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Many of you may be interested in viewing the webinar recording and/or slide presentation from the latest NN/LM PSR Midday at the Oasis, “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” featuring Dylan Roby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and resident health insurance expert.

He gave an excellent one-hour presentation emphasizing the three major foci of the Affordable Care Act; improving access to health care, reducing costs, and improving quality. Dylan reviewed the stages of implementing the law, and covered topics such as tax subsidies, Minimum Essential Coverage Requirements, protections for consumers, reducing waste and fraud, Medicare and Medicaid payment innovations, Accountable Care Associations, and the future outlook for health insurance coverage in the US. To access the recording and slides, please visit http://nnlm.gov/psr/services/webmeeting/archives.html.

Role of Libraries and Librarians in the ACA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

WebJunction’s website has been updated to reflect a question related to the role of libraries and librarians and the Affordable Care Act.

FAQ section on WebJunction

How can I explain the role of libraries in supporting the ACA to people who wonder how libraries are involved and what our role is?

Libraries have a long history of helping people access health information. A recent study supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that, in one year, 28 million people used a library computer to get health information.

We know that people will continue to go the library for health information and, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we can expect that many people will turn to the library for help. Librarians are experts at helping people find web sites and information they are looking for. Library workers can help people find CMS Navigators and certified application counselors in their area who have special training to help people make decisions about health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace.

Public libraries are located in nearly every community in the United States and are recognized as a valuable community resource, offering public meeting spaces, computers, and allowing for quiet conversations—making them a natural location for trained counselors to provide outreach and education efforts.

Affordable Care Act Navigators Discussion Postponed (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Session Postponed!

We had previously announced a September 26th session (description below).  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing the session until sometime in October.  Continue to watch these weekly postings for the new date, as well as:  http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/lunch_schedule.html.

Description:  NN/LM MAR will be inviting Navigators from DE, NJ, NY and PA to participate on a panel discussion and answer questions about assisting consumers with the Marketplace.  Navigators play a role in all types of Marketplaces, are funded through state and federal grant programs, and must complete comprehensive training.

Federal Depository Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

Registration: please register to attend

As libraries look ahead to the October 1 open enrollment date for the health insurance marketplace, there is an abundance of information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and many opportunities for libraries. IMLS is working with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and with WebJunction and ZeroDivide to provide library staff with the online resources and community contacts they will need to respond to questions about the Marketplace. One of the key roles that Federal Depository Libraries can play is to maintain an awareness of available resources in your area, and develop an approach for connecting patrons to those resources in the way that makes the most sense for your community.

Federal Depository Libraries are a key resource in connecting the public with documents and resources that are produced by the federal government (find a Federal Depository Library near you). Please join us for this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from a Federal Depository member library that is working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.

Presented by:

  • Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Kendra Morgan, WebJunction
  • Robbie Sittel, Tulsa City/County Public Library (FDL member)

*Closed Captioning will be provided for this event.

Please note: This session is geared towards Federal Depository Libraries and the ACA (click to learn more about depository libraries). If you are a public library, archived webinars that highlight options and information for public library engagement are available on WebJunction.

ACA Webinar Recording Available on PSR Website

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Many of you may be interested in viewing the webinar recording and/or slide presentation from the latest NN/LM PSR Midday at the Oasis, “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” featuring Dylan Roby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and resident health insurance expert.

He gave an excellent one-hour presentation emphasizing the three major foci of the Affordable Care Act; improving access to health care, reducing costs, and improving quality. Dylan reviewed the stages of implementing the law, and covered topics such as tax subsidies, Minimum Essential Coverage Requirements, protections for consumers, reducing waste and fraud, Medicare and Medicaid payment innovations, Accountable Care Associations, and the future outlook for health insurance coverage in the US. To access the recording and slides, please visit http://nnlm.gov/psr/services/webmeeting/archives.html.

Role of Libraries and Librarians in the ACA

Friday, September 20th, 2013

WebJunction’s website has been updated to reflect a question related to the role of libraries and librarians and the Affordable Care Act.

FAQ section on WebJunction

How can I explain the role of libraries in supporting the ACA to people who wonder how libraries are involved and what our role is?

Libraries have a long history of helping people access health information. A recent study supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that, in one year, 28 million people used a library computer to get health information.

We know that people will continue to go the library for health information and, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we can expect that many people will turn to the library for help. Librarians are experts at helping people find web sites and information they are looking for. Library workers can help people find CMS Navigators and certified application counselors in their area who have special training to help people make decisions about health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace.

Public libraries are located in nearly every community in the United States and are recognized as a valuable community resource, offering public meeting spaces, computers, and allowing for quiet conversations—making them a natural location for trained counselors to provide outreach and education efforts.

Best Practices for the Health Insurance Marketplace – Teleconference about Outreach and Education

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Date:  September 19, 2013

Time:  1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites states, navigators, partners & stakeholders to a teleconference to learn about best practices from Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Minnesota in reaching consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Various grassroots outreach and engagement strategies will be explored that have worked well in these states to help consumers learn about the new way they have to get coverage that meets their needs

Registration is required. Register at http://himcciio1national.eventbrite.com/

Please forward this invitation to any partners and stakeholders who may want to participate.    We look forward to your participation!

We value the work you do to ensure that every American is aware of and enrolled in health insurance.   For more information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit our partner resource page at http://marketplace.cms.gov

Debbie Feierman MSW, LCSW

Philadelphia Regional Office | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Office of the Regional Administrator l Regional External Affairs

150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216, Philadelphia, PA 19106

215.861.4297 (T)

Debbie.feierman@cms.hhs.gov

Get the Latest News from Your Regional Medical Library

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

We are delighted to announce the latest issue of our newsletter, The MAReporthttp://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/.

NOTE:  We encourage you to subscribe so The MAReport will be delivered to your email inbox.  To subscribehttp://www.hsls.pitt.edu/www/updatenewsletterlist/?p=subscribe&id=3

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Young Invincibles Video Contest (Raising Awareness about the New Health Care Law)

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Young Invincibles and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have created a competition that will tap into the creativity and energy of young Americans while raising awareness about the new Health Care Law and encouraging young people to take advantage of the benefits of health insurance.

With a prize pool worth up to $30,000, and over 100 prizes to be won, this is your opportunity to shine! Cash prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos in three distinct categories; so whether you’ve got a talent for short films, writing a great song, or designing an entertaining video infographic, you can be a winner! Click the link below to learn more about each of the categories and how you can participate.

Videos can be submitted during the five-week period starting on Monday, August 19th. A public voting period will follow to help determine the Finalists in each category, and a final round of voting and judging will determine who takes home the Grand Prize.

Go to healthyyoungamerica.org to enter! http://health.younginvincibles.org/video-contest/