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Library program answers Affordable Care Act questions

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The Grandview Heights Public Library's reference department has compiled information and links to public resources that can help people who want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

"Our role has always been to disseminate information to the community and this is just another way of doing that," said Canaan Faulkner, the library's director of adult programs and web content.

On Oct. 28, the library will host a free program presented by certified "navigators" from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The program will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at the library, 1685 W. First Ave.

"It will be an information session, and even better, will include a Q&A session so people can get answers to the questions they have," Faulkner said. "A lot of people are confused about the details of the Affordable Care Act."

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks completed the certification process to qualify as federal navigators. ACA navigators are trained to help consumers learn about health-plan options and to assist with enrollment.

Open enrollment for the ACA began Oct. 1. The new law requires every American to have health insurance. Financial assistance is available depending on economic status.

"We wanted to host a program about the ACA as quickly as possible after the open enrollment period began," Faulkner said. "We're so pleased the Ohio Association of Foodbanks was available to do this program for us."

While the library's reference department has information available, library staffers are not trained or licensed to provide advice or assistance to people looking to choose a health plan, he said.

"We can point you in the right direction to those who can help you," Faulkner said.

The library has a list of helpful links on its website, ghpl.org, including a checklist of information required on an application, an Ohio Department of Insurance FAQ on federal health-care reforms, and tips from the AARP and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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