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Update on Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

On May 1st, the Department of Health & Human Services released the most recent statistics on enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as people enrolling due to a change in life circumstance) reported through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Additional key findings from the report:

  • 2.2 million (28%) of those who selected a Marketplace plan were young adults ages 18 – 34
  • Of the more than 8 million who enrolled, nearly 2. 6 million signed up through State Based Marketplaces, and more than 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace
  • Of the more than 8 million, 54% are female and 46% are male
  • More than 4.8 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through March 31, 2014, compared to before the beginning of open enrollment in October

The complete press release from HHS yesterday can be read at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/05/20140501a.html

The Marketplace Enrollment Report from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation can be accessed at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollment.pdf

Health Insurance Marketplace

3 Days and Counting!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Join the 6 Million_Healthcare.gov

The end of Marketplace Open Enrollment is now just 3 days away – March 31st – for individuals to sign up for coverage for this year. After March 31st, the next Open Enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. As of March 27, more than 6 million individuals had signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Individuals are being encouraged to use the online enrollment options via Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov or by phone using the toll free number at 1-800-318-25961-800-318-2596. Individuals are advised NOT to use a paper application form at this time to avoid missing the enrollment deadline. The Call Center continues to be staffed to provide assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance to those needing to start or complete an application, compare plans, enroll,  or ask a question.

For sources of Public Service Announcements, sample Facebook and Twitter posts, blog posts, and stories of individuals who have recently received coverage, these sources have lots of information:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/insurance/index.html

Healthcare.gov

CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace website

Facebook: Healthcare.gov

Twitter: @HealthCare.gov and several hashtags, including #GetCoveredNow and #ACA

Let’s help get the word out for people to #GetCoveredNow!

Photo credit: Healthcare.gov Facebook page

 

NLM Education Connection

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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The National Library of Medicine K-12 team is part of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of Outreach to Special Populations Branch (SIS). Teachers and students have been identified as a special population group that can benefit from the science and health information and resources which NLM provides.

In addition to the many online resources which may be accessed through the National Library of Medicine’s website, educators may be interested in an electronic newsletter produced monthly entitled, “NLM Education Connection.” Subscription to the newsletter is available via: https://LIST.NIH.GOV/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=K12NLMRESOURCES&A=1 .

 

This month’s features include:

  • Toxicology Resources for the Classroom
  • Health Observances: National Nutrition Month
  • Desalination Video that Wows!

Additional resources for I-12 teachers and students may be found at: http://k12.nlm.nih.gov/ .

 

Congratulations Cheryl Rowan and Emily Hurst

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Emily Hurst Cheryl Rowan

Congratulations to Cheryl Rowan, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, and Emily Hurst, NN/LM SCR Technology Coordinator, both of whom were accepted to the 2014 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute. The Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders.

March 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

 

Features:

 

 Health Capsules:

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337301-402-7337 for more information.

Updates to Nutrition Facts Label

Friday, March 7th, 2014

FDA Serving SizeOn February 27th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published several proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label found on the majority of packaged foods in the United States. According to the FDA Guidance and Regulation page, the proposed changes include the following:

  • Greater understanding of nutritional science
  • Updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes
  • Refreshed design

In order to encourage a greater understanding of nutritional science, the FDA will require that labels include information about added sugars, updated daily values, the amount of potassium and Vitamin D, as well as continuing to include “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” amounts while “Calories from Fat” will be removed.

The serving size requirements will be changed to reflect how people currently eat and drink, which is vastly different than 20 years ago–when serving sizes were first established. Serving size on labels will now include “what people actually eat, not what they ‘should’ be eating”. In addition, items usually consumed in a single sitting (ie, 20 oz sodas) will now be labeled as one serving instead of multiple. Larger packages that are usually consumed in multiple sittings will include “dual column” labels to include nutrition information for per serving as well as per package.

The new design of the label will feature larger text for caloric information and serving sizes. Consumers will also notice a shift of Percent Daily Values to the left of the label (for prominence) from it’s original position on the right. A clear explanation of Percent Daily Values will also be included.

For more information, details, and images of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, visit the FDA Guidance & Regulation page.

Resources Update on the ACA

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you and your patrons remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others. Please note that if the dates and/or times are not convenient, most webinars are being archived.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Native Voices

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Native Voices ExhibitionThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site. 

 For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.    

 The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

 While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Web site

The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.

Join Us for SCR CONNECTions Tomorrow on NLM K-12 Resources

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

bigstock-Cute-young-student-using-a-tab-23409365 Join us February 19, 2014 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, February 19th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Presenter: Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

Topic: Off the Shelf: Free Classroom Resources from the National Library of Medicine”

This month’s webinar will highlight some of the free NLM resources which include materials designed to introduce, reinforce, and supplement K-12 curricula. Resources covered will include: NLM Online Exhibitions, ToxMystery, ToxTown, GeneED, Genetics Home Reference, and others.

 How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

January 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

NIH News in Health Jan 2014Check out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Features:

 Health Capsules:

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.