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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

ACA Resources on UCONN Healthnet Subject Guide

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

[Announcement from UCONN Healthnet]

Looking for some quick links to Affordable Care Act information?

The long anticipated Affordable Care Act will soon be a reality. Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins October 1. Coverage may begin as soon as January 1, 2014.

Here’s a quick way to find information….
A new section of the UCONN Health Center Library’s Subject Guide, “Navigating the Health Care System,” has links to Affordable Care Act resources all in one place.

Click on the “Affordable Care Act” tab to see links to …
the federal government’s official website for health consumers, including a link to the Spanish language version, and the 24/7 toll-free phone number.

  • Access Health CT, the State of Connecticut’s new “Official Health Insurance Marketplace”
  • A chart describing the provisions of the new Health Care Law, in plain language, on the website of the Connecticut Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • A one-page overview of the new Affordable Care Act from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

These links will provide you with basic information….all in one online location.

Role of Librarians and the ACA

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

[Forwarded from NLM]

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

“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.”

How to become a “Certified Application Counselor (CAC)”

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

[From NNO/NLM]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has two new opportunities for organizations to help make sure uninsured Americans take advantage of the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

The “Partner with Us” tab at http://marketplace.cms.gov/  provides information about becoming a “Champion for Coverage” – nationally or in your state – and the myriad of ways to get involve.

You can also find information about how an organization qualifies and how to apply to become a “Certified Application Counselor (CAC).”    Resources and educational materials that you can use are also available on this site.

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