Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Health Insurance Options: Your Library Can Help You Find Answers

One of our jobs as reference librarians is to stay abreast of changes to government programs that affect our patrons.  On October 1st we saw the launch of the new state health insurance marketplace website,, part of the  Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In January 2014, more changes are scheduled to go into effect. New consumer protections; expanded health plan options for individuals, families and small employers; and discounts to help qualified consumers afford coverage will become available.

The Ridgefield Library can make understanding the ACA and the enrollment process, which began October 1 and ends March 31, 2014, easier by providing extended computer times and links to a variety of resources and information on our webpage (, Research & Reference, Health & Fitness page.   

On Monday, November 4 at 7:00 PM Randi Redmond Oster, a leading speaker on Health Care Reform, will present a program called Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know Now.  She will address questions like:  Who qualifies for health insurance premium subsidies? What are the penalties for not purchasing insurance? Does my business have to offer me insurance? What happens if I am already covered? Will my Medicare deduction change? Please register as space is limited.

Contributed by Victoria Carlquist, Head of Reference Services

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