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Affordable Care Act Information


What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. (Office of Population Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services.)  Specifics of the Affordable Care Act, Section by Section with all 10 Titles can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/law/index.html.

ACA Enrollment which Begins October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Below are selected resources for information about the ACA.

How is each State working to implement ACA health reform?

Each state is opting to implement health reform law in its own way…. Check via the link below to see how your state is responding to ACA http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/bystate/statebystate.html

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace will assist in identifying and selecting a health care plan that will meet individual and family needs. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.  https://www.healthcare.gov/what-is-the-health-insurance-marketplace/  
A toll free number available 24/7, staffed by a customer service representative can answer questions about the health insurance Marketplace.  The number is: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
New York State is offering information about the Marketplace through NY State of Health. NY State of Health is where individuals and families will shop for, compare and buy health insurance coverage. http://www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/individuals-families

Getting Ready for Obamacare

The YouTunes Get Ready for Obamacare – an entertaining and easy to understand look at the way individuals, families and businesses will obtain health coverage.  This video was written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson, with production and animation by Free Range Studios.  http://youtu.be/JZkk6ueZt-U

Key Resources

  • HealthCare.gov
    HealthCare.gov and its Spanish language counterpart CuidadoDeSalud.gov is the website developed and maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Devoted to information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this site provides assistance in understanding the Insurance Marketplace for individuals, families and businesses. It also answers questions for those with expanded concerns, women, youth, special needs, and those with chronic conditions.
    • Blog posts form HelthCare.gov provides additional information and personal stories to assist individuals to better on understanding the new health insurance options.
  • MedlinePlus.gov
    National Library of Medicine, US National Institutes of Health, produced website in plain language on information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues.  Under Health Topics, Health Insurance there is access to considerable resources on ACA
  • National Networks of Libraries of Medicine
    Comprised of eight regions within the US, the mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical information.  Many regions have a resource rich website providing ACA information.
  • American Library Association (ALA)
    American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling and IMLS Director Susan Hildreth issued the following joint statement:

    “Providing resources that help librarians answer patron requests for health insurance information furthers the long-standing commitment of both IMLS and ALA to make information more widely available to the public. We are delighted to help connect libraries to these resources so they can provide timely information to their customers.

    While libraries provide information in a way that best suits their own communities, IMLS and ALA stand ready to help all libraries prepare for the anticipated increased demand for health-related information.”

    Additionally, ALA has a website with information on the role of libraries in responding to inquiries on the ACA as well as providing links to key resources from related organizations and agencies.
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
    MLA is providing background information on the ACA, including a summary and implementation timeline on the provisions of the bill, highlighting those of specific interest to the medical library community.
  • OCLC WebJunction
    WebJunction identifies itself as “the learning place for libraries.”  It is the intent of WebJunction in collaboration with other partners to make sure that libraries have access to relevant information and sources needed to provide information on the ACA.
    During July 2013 WebJunction hosted a webinar sharing information about plans to provide library staff with the information on resources necessary to assist individuals seeking information on the ACA.  This webinar is archived and available to view.
    • eHealth, a WebJunction project providing connections to health information for individuals.
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM)
    The Institute of Medicine help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members, and nonmembers volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of the IOM.
    • FAQ questions on Health Reform