Health Care Special Enrollment

Your library is here to help you with your health information needs! Our library staff can help you identify local resources to address your health needs. 

JMRL can help you with access to technology. There’s free wi-fi and computers available at all of our branches. (Did you know that health information is the 2nd most popular online search category?) 

JMRL staff can also tell you about the Special Enrollment Period on the Insurance Marketplace. A Special Enrollment Period is a time when you can sign up for health insurance through You only get a Special Enrollment Period if you lose your insurance or experience a major life change. If you lose your insurance, such as through a work lay-off or turning 26 and aging off your parent’s plan, you have 60 days before or after your coverage ends to enroll on If you experience a major life change, you have 60 days after the event to enroll in a health plan.

Some of the most common major life changes include:

  • Moving to a new zip code or county
  • Getting married or divorced
  • Having a baby, adopting, or becoming a foster parent
  • Becoming a U.S. citizen or getting a green card

To  apply for a Special Enrollment Period visit and follow instructions to see if you can enroll for 2019 coverage. You can also call at 1-800-318-2596. (TTY 1-855-889-4325). Visit your local library branch if you need internet access to find out if you qualify for the special enrollment period.


JMRL How-To Festival Call for Participation

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JMRL’s 2019 How-To Festival takes place on Saturday, May 4th from 10-2 at the Central Library. The How-To Festival is a drop-in Library takeover event with 15 minute presentations and demos on a variety of topics. The festival coincides with Free Comic Book Day at JMRL and attracts a diverse, growing crowd each year.

JMRL invites community members, businesses, and nonprofits to participate.

Share your knowledge/skills/services and promote your business, organization or cause.

Topics of interest include:

  • Technology
  • Arts + Crafts
  • Food + Drink
  • Repairs
  • Outdoors + Environment
  • Health + Wellness
  • Community Resources

Check here for a list of previous participants and sessions.

Guidelines for submissions:
Deadline for submission is Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 5pm.
Click this link to submit a request to participate for 2019.

Important dates:
Responses will be given by Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.
Final schedule will be ready by Friday, April 26th, 2019.

For any inquiries regarding the event, please email Heather Pehnec at

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 How-To Festival!

Health Library/Fit Kits

JMRL now has a circulating Health Library, also known as Fit Kits, to help promote healthy living in the area. There are six kits available, including kits for yoga, blood pressure monitor, hand therapy, cardio, foam roller, and pilates. These kits were made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. And, JMRL received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, with this money a 6th kits was added, pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Each kit has at least one book that explains the health objective in greater detail. Some kits have instructions in multiple languages. They are all housed at the Central Library as a special collection, and anyone in the system can check them out. This is a great way for people to try out exercise and health equipment without having to buy anything.


Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.