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Health Happens in Libraries

Monday, March 31st, 2014

[Forwarded from WebJunction]

Hello! Today marks the final day of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces established as part of the Affordable Care Act. Public libraries and their community partners supporting outreach, application, and enrollment efforts for patrons will have opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned with one another over the coming months. The resources below are intended to support that process.

  • The full, free archive is now available for Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner EngagementThis session includes information on strategies and resources for patron and partner engagement from the initial open enrollment period, as well as information on ways that your organization can prioritize future planning for marketplace enrollment activities.
  • Many consumers newly enrolled in healthcare coverage may benefit from information on how to use it and maintain it most effectively. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides guidance for individuals for using insurance and supporting health, via the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You.

The Health Happens in Libraries team is interested in hearing from you. Do you have any lessons learned from the current enrollment period that we should incorporate in future communications? What questions do you have about planning for future open enrollment periods, or managing patron requests in the interim? Please reach us with your thoughts at any time via content@webjunction.org, or on Twitter by tagging #libs4health, and thank you for supporting health information in your communities!

Health Happens in Libraries

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement

A webinar with WebJunction and ZeroDivide exploring inventive patron and partner engagement approaches which have been implemented by libraries in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.

About the webinar:

Staying attuned to community needs and engaging strong partners to address those needs are hallmarks of 21st century public librarianship. Libraries across the country have implemented inventive patron and partner engagement approaches in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends March 31, 2014. Join the Health Happens in Libraries project team for this interactive session, to discuss how your library can integrate these best practices into your local health information service priorities.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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

Tweet: #wjwebinar #libs4health

Related Resources:

Sign up for project updates at WebJunction.org via Get Involved.

For more information, please visit the project  Resources page.

Register to attend

 

 

Vive la différence: New England Libraries & ACA Resources

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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

http://www.nh.gov/insurance/

http://www.nh.gov/insurance/consumers/fedhealthref.htm

Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, http://www.olis.ri.gov/resources/healthcare/

Vermont Department of Libraries,  http://libraries.vermont.gov/health

Become a Champion for Coverage

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today, October 1, 2013,  is the first day of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace. For 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.  Uninsured citizens not enrolled by the end of March 2014 have to pay a fee and pay for all of their care. Coverage starts as early as January 1, 2014.  For 2015 and later years, the open enrollment period is October 15 to December 7 of the previous year.

In New England, some states participate in the federally facilitated marketplace, and others have state marketplaces. The Health Insurance Marketplace helps the public learn how to get insurance in each state. Maine and New Hampshire will use the healthcare.gov site to enroll, compare coverage and apply for plans. New England states with their own marketplaces include:

Become a Champion for Coverage.

Libraries have the opportunity to become a Champion for Coverage.   Many libraries have already volunteered to be a Champion for Coverage.  There are many ways your organization can be a Champion for Coverage.  These include:

1) Send your patrons to the official consumer sources to learn about the Marketplace and get coverage (healthcare.gov and cuidadodesalud.gov, 24/7 Consumer Call Center (800) 318-2596)

2) Send an email to your patrons regarding the Marketplace.

3) Post the HealthCare.gov and/or CuidadoDeSalud.gov widget on your website.

4) Hang posters and/or give our factsheets and brochures about the Marketplace. (Libraries can order print materials at:  http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov/login.aspx)

5) Host a conference call, webinar, or another education event about the Marketplace.

6) Include a story about the Marketplace in your organizational newsletter or other publication.

7) Record and send out a public service announcement about the Marketplace.

8) Have your staff/members learn about the Marketplace in educational sessions.

9) Connect with your partners/members/customers through official Marketplace social media channels to share their stories. (facebook.com/healthcare.gov; facebook.gov/CuidadoDeSalud.gov; @HealthCareGov; @CuidadoDeSalud)

10) Provide space for enrollment sessions or fairs (ideally, with computers so people can check out the Marketplace online).

To be publicly recognized as a Champion for Coverage, complete this online form:  http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html

 

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