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Reminder: ACA Webinar

Monday, June 9th, 2014

From Coverage to Care: Connecting the Newly Insured to the Health Care System

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2 – 3 PM EST

In April, President Obama announced that more than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Many community organizations, including libraries, will play a role in helping the newly insured understand how to use their new health insurance coverage. This webinar will focus on the information and resources available to help consumers learn about the importance of health insurance and how to appropriately navigate the health care system. Topics will include key terms, how to select a health care provider, when and where to seek health services and why prevention and establishing a medical home with a primary care provider is important.

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria from the Region I External Affairs, Office of the Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Register at:   http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=777

This webinar is organized by the NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI.

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

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