Government taps libraries to promote health insurance awareness
The U.S. federal government is currently involved in an ambitious campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act. Though the federal law has been upheld by the Supreme Court and faces relatively few legislative hurdles, it must still win over a population that either has a poor view of health care reform or does not know anything about the law. In order to see this campaign reach as many people as possible, the federal government has enlisted a promising ally with strong connections to communities throughout the country.
17,000 libraries to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act
The federal government has charged some 17,000 public libraries throughout the U.S. to promote the Affordable Care Act. These libraries will work to provide information concerning the federal law and the changes it is making to the health insurance landscape to the general public. This initiative is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a government agency that provides funding to museums and libraries throughout the country.
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Health insurance exchanges to be promoted through libraries
These libraries will be tasked with highlighting the various aspects of the Affordable Care Act, but will also be charged with promoting awareness of health insurance exchanges. Exchanges are to be established in every state and will provide consumers with a new way to find health insurance coverage. These exchanges are scheduled to begin open enrollment on October 1 of this year, but many people remain unaware of what these exchanges are and what kind of coverage can be found through them.
Libraries could be the ideal medium of promotion due to community ties
Libraries exist as a valuable resource to the general public, offering a variety of services to people throughout the country. Many libraries have established valuable places within their local communities and thus may serve as ideal mediums to promotion of the Affordable Care Act and health insurance exchanges. Some libraries have already been providing information concerning the federal law to the people long before the government had tasked them to do so.