Archive for the ‘Affordable Care Act’ Category
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
[Guest post by Renae Barger]
Training opportunities from NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
- Directory of History of Medicine Collections (DHMC): A Valuable Resource (Boost Box) – Learn about the Directory of History of Medicine Collections as a resource and the capabilities of the fully searchable database. Libraries, museums, archives and others with history of medicine collections will hear the benefits of adding collections to this valuable resource. Presented by Crystal Smith, Reference Librarian, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, National Library of Medicine – June 9, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET) Online / No Registration Required
- On-demand access to the Affordable Care Act: Libraries Making a Difference Symposium – if you missed the symposium, MAR is offering on-demand viewing of the webcast. Registration is required to view. Those who watch the entire program may request 6 hours MLA CE.
Monday, April 27th, 2015
|NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.
The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.
Resources on Earthquakes
NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:
For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail email@example.com or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.
Friday, January 30th, 2015
[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]
Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.
- Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
- Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
- Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
- The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.
The Toolkit includes:
- An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
- Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue
- Contact information for leading experts on the issue
Contact: Marilyn Serafini firstname.lastname@example.org 202/789-2300
Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
If you missed the CMS webinar, we invite you to view the recording:
Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period / October 2014 (Recording | Presentation (PDF))
Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office
Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.