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.
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: www.healthcare.gov.
Marketplace Application Checklist
When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide:
Navigators: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.
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.Affordable Care Act Navigator at the Library
An Affordable Care Act Navigator will be at Bennett Martin Public Library every Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM through December 18. Sign up for a 1 hour session by calling 402-441-8521 or by coming to the Library in person. The Navigator will not be available for walk-in consultations.
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.
October 31, 2013 by Webmaster
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September 10, 2013 by lharvey
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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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June 20, 2013 by pjorgensen
Please note: this page is no longer being actively maintained. We are not currently adding links, but we will gladly remove dead links if they are reported to us.Please note: The presence of a link on this site does not constitute an endorsement by Lincoln City Libraries. Be advised that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users should carefully judge the worth of these sources of information as they would any other resource. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information. Web sites may change or disappear without notice. Lincoln City Libraries is not responsible for the content of external sites linked to its Web site. Health information from Internet sites is not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Local/State Health Resources
- BryanLGH Medical Center
- Clinic with a Heart
- Lancaster County Prescription Discount Card Program
- Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
- McGoogan Library of Medicine (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
- Nebraska - Go Local
- Saint Elizabeth Community Health Center
- SmokeLess Nebraska
General Health Sites
- AllRefer Health
- American Hospital Directory
- American Medical Association
- American Red Cross
- British Medical Journal
- Centers for Disease Control
- Disability Resources on the Internet
- Disease Risk Index
- Discovery Health
- DocFinder (medical licensing board information)
- Dr. Koop's Community
- FamilyDoctor.org (American Academy of Family Physicians has health info for whole family)
- FDA Drug Information
- Genetics Home Reference (guide to understanding genetic conditions)
- Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body
- Health Central (Dr. Dean Edell)
- Health On the Net Foundation
- Healthfinder (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- HealthGrades.com (ratings of doctors, hospitals, etc.)
- HealthWorld Online
- Human Anatomy Online
- InteliHealth (Johns Hopkins Health Information)
- KidsHealth (children's health from gestation through adolescence)
- Male Health
- Medical Network Inc.: Health A to Z
- Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
- National Center for Health Statistics
- National Health Information Center
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- National Institutes of Health
- National Library of Medicine
- PDRhealth (Physicians' Desk Reference, disease and condition overviews)
- RxList: the Internet Drug Index
- State Health Facts Online
- The Virtual Hospital (a digital health sciences library from the University of Iowa)
- World Health Organization
- AIDS / HIV
- Exercise and Fitness
- Headache / Migraine
- Heart Disease
- Influenza (H1N1)
- Mental Health
- Pregnacy and Pediatrics
- Smoking and Tobacco
- Substance Abuse
- AIDS / HIV:
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online
- The Food Allergy Network
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- The No Milk Page (Lactose Maldigestion/Milk Allergy/Casein Intolerance)
- Pollen.com (pollen levels for US cities)
- American Association for Cancer Research
- American Cancer Society
- Breast Cancer Risk Calculator
- Cancer News on the Net
- Cancer.gov (National Cancer Institute)
- International Myeloma Foundation
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- Melanoma Patients' Information Page
- Myeloma Info
- National Breast Cancer Coalition
- National Ovarian Cancer Resource Center
- Pancreatica.org (pancreatic cancer)
- TC-Cancer.com - Testicular Cancer Information and Support
- Testicular Cancer Resource Center
- Exercise and Fitness:
- Headache / Migraine:
- Heart Disease:
- Influenza (H1N1) from Ebsco
- Mental Health:
- Pregnancy and Pediatrics:
- Smoking and Tobacco:
- Substance Abuse:
- Alternative Medicine Center
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine
- Amputee Coalition of America
- Asthma Information from MayoClinic.com
- Bedbugs (information in several languages)
- Brain Disorders Network
- Celiac.com - The Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Diet Support Page
- Government Views of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
- http://lancaster.unl.edu/enviro/pest/Lice.htm">Head Lice Resources You Can Trust
- HerbMed (herbal medicine database)
- Hospice Education Institute
- Lupus Foundation of America
- Macular Degeneration Help Center
- Marfan syndrome: National Marfan Foundation
- National Organization for Rare Disorders
- Post Polio Syndrome
- Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
- World Federation of Hemophilia
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June 22, 2011 by Webmaster
This resource is no longer available; please try the Health and Wellness Resource Center instead!
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