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 HealthCare.gov. 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 HealthCare.gov. 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 HealthCare.gov and follow instructions to see if you can enroll for 2019 coverage. You can also call HealthCare.gov 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.
Open enrollment for health care ended on Saturday, but you may still be able to get Marketplace health coverage if you qualify for a 2019 special enrollment period. There are life changes that qualify for this special enrollment. These life changes include: changes in household, changes in residence, and loss of health insurance, among others. Check here for more details and to find out if you qualify. You can also call 1-800-318-2596 with any questions you have.
Visit your local library branch if you need internet access to find out if you qualify for the special enrollment period.
You can apply for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year, you don’t need to wait for open enrollment. Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some people with limited income, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. If you qualify, your coverage can start right away. Here’s more information about Medicaid and CHIP. And here’s information about Cover Virginia.
Need help during open enrollment? The library has free internet, access to online forms, Medicare & You booklets, and more! The open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018, to Saturday, December 15, 2018 and the library has resources to help.
The plans at healthcare.gov are designed to last the whole year and cover a wide range of medical care, including lab tests, prescription medicines, preventative care, and care for mental health.
Here are a few things to remember:
If you are re-enrolling, you will need a few things before you get started:
- Marketplace account username and password
- Social security card or Permanent Resident card
- W-2 tax form or proof of income
- List of your current doctors and medicines
Remember that all of our library branches are equipped with computers and wifi so that you can sign-up with ease.