Libraries can provide resources through PA Forward to help residents meet Affordable Care Act deadline
Do you want to sign up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline, but need more information or have questions? Come to the James V. Brown Library, where our staff can help.
With the help of PA Forward’s Health Literacy Planning Team, libraries have been gathering information to help you understand the health care process and how it relates to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
If you don’t have access to a computer at home, libraries can help with that, too.
The Health’s Literacy Planning Team is an integral part of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century.
Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society.
PA Forward’s Health Literacy team has gathered links and resources to help librarians help you.
First stop for consumers: www.health care.gov; and to obtain additional information go to http://marketplace. cms.gov/.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region has also created a guide to help you through the process at http://guides .nnlm.gov /mar-aca.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare provides information for both professionals and individuals at www.dpw.state.pa.us/affordablecareact/index.htm. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania provides information and links to people who, in addition to librarians, can help you sign up: www.haponline .org/Initiatives/Health- Care-Reform.
Having difficulty understanding the whole process? Try this resource in an easy-to-read format from the Institute of Medicine: www.iom. edu/ 4questionsGuide.
Some libraries have had Certified Application Counselors present overviews of the ACA and how to sign up on the Marketplace.
To find local help in your area, choose the “find local help” button on the Marketplace site: https://localhelp.healthca re.gov/. Help by phone also is available by calling the toll-free number at 800-318-2596.
PA Forward: Health Literacy Planning Team members include representatives from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Cullari Communications Global, Giant Food Stores, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, North Pocono Public Library, state Department of Health, Pennsylvania American Academy of Pediatrics, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Library Association, Potter-Tioga Library System and PQ Express Inc.
For more information on PA Forward, visit www.paforward.org.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.