Vive la différence: New England Libraries & ACA Resources
By Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, Baystate Medical Center and NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI Leader
The launch of health insurance marketplaces highlights the differences among our six New England states. One of the most notable differences is the number of insurers that offer qualifying plans. New Hampshire offers just one insurance carrier through the federally designed www.healthcare.gov website. Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont residents may choose between two insurance carriers. Maine residents use the federal website; Rhode Island and Vermont have new state websites. Connecticut offers three insurance carriers through a state website. Massachusetts, the forerunner of health care reform, has nine insurance carriers participating in the state-run program. In 2014, Massachusetts residents may chose from ten carriers.
Below are links to resources for librarians across the six New England states. According to this Boston Globe article , New Hampshire legislature prohibited accepting federal funds to promote ACA. This may explain why there is no one, definitive webpage for NH librarians on ACA resources.
If anyone tries to tell you that all New Englanders are the same, here’s an example to disprove that!
Connecticut State Library, http://www.cslib.org/iconnsitemap/staff/ACAResources.htm
Maine State Library, http://www.maine.gov/msl/digital/health/libs.htm
Massachusetts Library System, http://guides.masslibsystem.org/ACA
New Hampshire State Library, http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/index.html
Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, http://www.olis.ri.gov/resources/healthcare/
Vermont Department of Libraries, http://libraries.vermont.gov/health