Affordable Care Act

Libraries join insurance marketplace info sweep

September 1, 2013 

Richland Library, like many libraries across the country, wants to be a go-to source of information on the sweeping changes in the health insurance marketplace beginning Oct. 1.

The easiest way to sign up is online, and many people without Internet access at home get online at their local libraries. Richland Library, however, will do more than just aim patrons to the healthcare.gov website.

Richland Library plans to bring in experts routinely for Affordable Care Act forums, said Padgett Mozingo, marketing and communications manager for the library.

The first forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Bostick Auditorium at the Main Library on Assembly Street. These forums aren’t designed to debate the pros and cons of the law but instead to help consumers determine their best paths.

Library staffers also have selected several books that explain the Affordable Care Act provisions. “The New Health Care System: Everything You Need To Know” by David Nather and “Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means” by the Washington Post are at the top of the must-read list.

The Lexington County Library System also has employees trained to help get people started, and the libraries are working with community partners to set up informational programs, according to director Denise Bedenbaugh.

Joey Holleman

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