Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

PLA’s Insurance Education and Outreach Initiative

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Overview

PLA, along with nearly a dozen other organizations throughout the U.S., is working to promote health insurance enrollment and understanding. Our primary goals are to promote enrollment in the health insurance marketplace during the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act and to help educate people to understand how to use health insurance. As a part of the first round of funding, PLA has distributed quality materials and communications, and has offered $300 mini-grants to 66 U.S. public libraries (PDF) to disseminate, offer education, and encourage their communities to enroll in the health insurance Marketplace during the Open Enrollment period. The second round of funding will offer up to 70 U.S. public libraries mini-grants of $500 to implement outreach and education activities for understanding health insurance and health information.

Want to apply for our Round 2 mini-grants? Fill out the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ConnectingYouToCoverage2.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM Central on March 5, 2019.

This national partnership to assist uninsured consumers in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act is made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst.

What Libraries Can Do

Be prepared with the resources below to let your communities know the public library is available for assistance in helping patrons learn about health insurance:

  1. Use these guidelines and checklist to host an event on health insurance understanding (PDF)
  2. Common Coverage Questions
  3. Health Literacy Quiz
  4. Health Insurance Explained video
  5. Host a staff training session about Open Enrollment frequently asked questions:
  6. Link to HealthCare.gov on your library’s website
  7. Distribute flyers or other print materials
  8. Post these ready-made social media ads and graphics to promote health insurance literacy
  9. Use these communications assets in other languages!

For Navigators, Assisters, and Partners: https://marketplace.cms.gov

Insurance Jargon: https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/

WebJunction’s Affordable Care Act 101: https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth/aca-at-your-library/aca-101.html

Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO): https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/assister-programs/cac.html

How to Become a Certified Assistance Counselor (CAC): https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/certified-application-counselor-training-courses.html

Healthy Community Tools for Public Libraries: https://publiclibrary.health

Training for Patrons: DigitalLearn’s Searching for Online Health Information: https://digitallearn.org/courses/online-health-information


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