|Health Happens in Libraries|
Health Happens in Libraries seeks to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This work acknowledges the growing intersection of digital technologies and individual health management (eHealth), and the opportunities for libraries to provide digital access to health information in their communities. We will engage several states to more thoroughly assess the context of ACA and other eHealth needs in public libraries. These partnerships will inform the development of customized resources and promising practices for state and public libraries nationwide to utilize in related patron services. Resources will be posted here as they are developed.
|A Reader Asks: If I Am On COBRA, Do I Have To Buy A New Marketplace Plan? |
By Michelle Andrews Feb 14, 2014 Q. I am currently insured under COBRA. It expires in August 2014. I have a pre-existing condition and I'm unemployed. Can I apply for a plan under the ACA sometime in June for coverage that will start in September? Is there something I should do now before the end of March? A. When consumers lose or leave their jobs, they can opt to continue their work-based health insurance under a federal law known as COBRA. Those insurance policies qualify as health coverage under the health law, so you don?t have to do anything before the open enrollment period for coverage on the federal and state marketplaces ends March 31. But you may want to check out marketplace plans to see if you could find similar coverage for a better price, says Laurel Lucia, a policy analyst at the University of California-Berkeley Labor Center. Since you have a pre-existing condition, you may be concerned that marketplace plans could involve switching doctors or high deductibles. You may be surprised, though, says Lucia. "I think people have heard about the high deductibles on bronze plans, and they may not realize that the platinum and gold level plans available may have lower cost sharing," she says. In addition, you may be eligible for premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies on the exchange if your income is less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level (currently $45,960 for an individual). Under COBRA, in contrast, you're likely paying the entire premium plus a small administrative fee.
|Libraries Serve As Health Insurance Info Hubs |
By Elana Gordon, WHYY Feb 14, 2014 What can't librarians do? Many are now becoming health insurance guides. The buzz at the American Library Association's winter meeting recently wasn't just about the annual awards (a.k.a. the book award "super bowl"); the Affordable Care Act was also on the agenda. Libraries across the country have been trying to meet a growing demand for health insurance information. At the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch, library coordinator Nani Manion has started running twice-weekly enrollment clinics in the technology lab. Manion is one of 33 librarians in the Philly system who have undergone a five-hour training session to become certified application counselors.
|Get Covered America|
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