Sunday, September 8, 2013

Libraries and the Affordable Care Act.

Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources: A Webinar


This webinar  explores  strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from libraries that are working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts. Go here for archive:

Role of Libraries

ALA Policy B.8.11, The Role of Libraries in Providing E-Government and Emergency Services (Old Number 50.16), states:
The American Library Association urges governments at all levels to acknowledge and support the essential role local libraries play in providing e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and to include libraries in relevant legislative or other policy actions. The American Library Association also encourages continued research documenting library needs and capacity to provide effective e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and help libraries develop best practices and train staff to deliver these essential services.
At the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and WebJunction, a program of OCLC, to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.
Also at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the ALA Washington Office presented a panel presentation, “Libraries and Health Insurance: Preparing for Oct 1,” with representatives from IMLS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, OCLC WebJunction, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), to present plans for making resources broadly available. The session was recorded; information on availability will be announced through the Washington Office’s District Dispatch
American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling issued a statement about libraries and the Affordable Care Act.
Even more news: follow hashtag #libs4health on Twitter.

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