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March 31, 2014 by pjorgensen

This section of our site has been discontinued.

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Affordable Care Act Highlights

December 19, 2013 by Webmaster

Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013 and ends March 31, 2014. Plans and prices will be available then. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
The Marketplace (or “exchange”) is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. With one application, you can see all your options and enroll. When you use the Health Insurance Marketplace, you'll fill out an application and see all of the health plans available in your area. You'll find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance plans. You'll learn if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs. The Marketplace will also tell you if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage available through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, quality, and other features important to you before you make a choice.

Apply online, by mail, or in-person:
You can apply for Marketplace coverage three ways: online, by mail, or in-person with the help of a Navigator or other qualified helper. Telephone help and online chat will be available 24/7 to help you complete your application.

Enrollment requirements:
  1. Must live in the United States
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present)
  3. Can't be currently incarcerated
Compare options in the Health Insurance Marketplace:
Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies, and they cover the same core set of benefits called essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can't charge women more than men for the same plan.

The Marketplace in Nebraska:
Nebraska’s market place is run by the federal government. You'll get health coverage through this website:

Marketplace Application Checklist
When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide:
  1. Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  2. Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements)
  3. Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household
  4. A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. (You’ll need to fill out this form even for coverage you’re eligible for but don’t enroll in). Form OMB No. 0938-1191
What are the different Consumer Assistance Roles? (see
Navigators will have a vital role in helping consumers prepare electronic and paper applications to establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Marketplace. This includes steps to help consumers find out if they qualify for insurance affordability programs (including a premium tax credit, cost sharing reductions, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program), and if they’re eligible, to get enrolled. Navigators will also provide outreach and education to consumers to raise awareness about the Marketplace, and will refer consumers to ombudsmen and other consumer assistance programs when necessary. Navigators can play a role in all types of marketplaces. They’ll be funded through state and federal grant programs, and must complete comprehensive training.
Certified Application Counselors:
The Federally-facilitated Marketplace will designate organizations to certify application counselors who perform many of the same functions as Navigators including educating consumers and helping them complete an application for coverage. An online application will be available at the end of July 2013 for organizations who want to become Marketplace-designated organizations that can certify application counselors. These groups might include community health centers or other health care providers, hospitals, or social service agencies.
Community Action of Nebraska to provide Navigator services

Companies offering health insurance in Nebraska through the health insurance marketplace:
1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska,
2. Coventry Health Care of Bethesda, Md.
3. CoOportunity
4. Health Alliance Midwest Inc.

Information on plan options from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Information from American Library Association includes an outline on ACA, the role of Libraries and a list of resources:

Informational Events for the public regarding the Affordable Care Act enrollment:

NCompass Live: "Affordable Care Act Resources for Libraries", on Wednesday, September 4, 2013,10:00am - 11:00am CT. (Archived so it is available for viewing at your convenience.)
Mary Sauers, Government Information Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission, provides updates to new ACA information websites, organizations, and materials to help you, your library, and your patrons continue to prepare for this event.

This page is based in part on information compiled by Katie M. at Bennett Martin Public Library, and is believed to be accurate as of September 1, 2013. Lincoln City Libraries is not responsible for the content of external sites linked to its Web site. Information from Internet sites is not a substitute for professional advice.

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September 10, 2013 by lharvey

Photo: Nebraska State Capitol with Abraham Lincoln statue

Local Health Interests

Health Care:

     Health care national news releases

     The Affordable Care Act (Information from the White House)

     Affordable Care Act Highlights

     Resources through LCL

     Shopping Matters

Local Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services

City of Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept

Nebraska Dept of Insurance

Community Health Endowment

Community Health Charities

Answers for Families

Nebraska Dept of Education Coordinated School Health

Nebraska Nutrition Education Program

Family Service Lincoln

Tobacco-Free Nebraska

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 Assisted Living Directory

National Agencies

Center for Disease Control


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Researching Health Information

June 24, 2013 by storysean

How can the library help you research your health condition?

We all know how scary and uncertain everything seems when we aren't feeling healthy. People often turn to their libraries to research conditions, treatments, and to help self-diagnose. Libraries are great places to do this, but we always recommend seeking a doctor's help first and foremost. We aren't doctors, but we can often put you in touch with important resources to help you understand a diagnosis or explore health issues.

One resource that we highly recommend for Nebraska residents is the CHIRS (pronounced "cheers") service from McGoogan Medical Library in Omaha. CHIRS is a service for residents that have been doctor diagnosed with a condition or illness and are looking for authoritative information to expand their understanding. After you submit a CHIRS request a medical librarian will personally compile the latest information from reliable sources and deliver it to you either electronically or through the mail--for free.

Many people prefer to search online resources themselves. For them, we recommend our electronic resources like Health & Wellness Resource Center and our Health and Medicine collection of eBooks. Health & Wellness Resource Center is a comprehensive database of over 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, and over 700 health-related videos. Both resources are available online to valid Lincoln City Libraries cardholders. Health and Medicine eBooks are collections of full-text material on a variety of subjects--some even in Spanish. (Please note: these eBooks are not downloadable for use with an e-Reader; they are intended for reading on a computer screen.) What makes these resources special, is that they are compiled from reliable sources--saving you the work of evaluating the reliability of multiple Websites and disparate resources.

If Online resources aren't for you, then make sure to come into your local library branch and talk to a librarian about what books, magazines, and reference material they may have available. Our librarians are also available to help demonstrate some of our electronic resources. Many of our resources can be printed out for you to take home. 

We hope that Lincoln City Libraries can help you discover the resources that best address your health questions. We do recommend that everyone researching health-related information first contact their physician or health care provider and evaluate information for reliability and authority. The Medical Library Association provides a User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web.

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Lunch @ the Library, March 4, 2009

October 16, 2009 by Webmaster

A Never Event

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Authors Evelyn McKnight and Travis Bennington discuss their book A Never Event: Exposing the Largest Outbreak of Hepatitis C in American Healthcare History

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