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(Almost) everybody's doin' it

With the initial (but only initial, folks!) deadline for Covered California health insurance marketplace registration upon us next week, there has been much ado about information gathering, the Affordble Care Act, and public libraries. Thanks to the 82 who responded to Infopeople's own survey of California public library activities related to the Affordable Care Act, we can see ourselves in the national context.

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How your library may be missing a great advocacy opportunity

Earlier this week, I met with representatives of WebJunction and ZeroDivide to discuss how public libraries both in California and around the nation are responding to the element of the Affordable Care Act that legislates the initial enrollment period in health insurance marketplaces. Among the details we learned from each other is that the California library pattern, to date, mirrors the national one: there has been a clear tendency to leave the heavy lifting of informing communities about registration to non-library agencies.

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Important news releases from California's health insurance exchange

Three announcements today from the state's Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchange, Covered California (coveredca.com) require the attention of all library staff providing accurate and authoritative information to their communities: 1. When the website for the exchange comes back online Monday morning, November 25 (It was previously announced and noted here that the site will be down for an upgrade from Friday night, November 22, until early Monday morning), the agency will also have a new phone hotline to help with complicated consumer questions.

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What's Covered California doing that you need to know

In the past four or five days, a couple of pieces of information have developed around Covered California projects. The first is relatively easy to reference and encapsulate and certainly has the most immediate impact on public lbraries (as well as on anyone else seeking to access Covered California's website):

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To 3D or Not 3D: That's just one question

One of the most popular place in the #clanoise exhibits was the California Library Association's own makerspace area, which came fully loaded with soldering stations and three-dimensional printers for conference attendees to explore through use. Libraries and makerspaces have been a trending topic at both library conferences and in local and regional initiatives.

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