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Health Information in Libraries: Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010.  On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has ten sections; the titles are:

  • Title I. Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans
  • Title II. The Role of Public Programs
  • Title III. Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care
  • Title IV. Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health
  • Title V. Health Care Workforce
  • Title VI. Transparency and Program Integrity
  • Title VII. Improving Access to Innovative Medical Therapies
  • Title VIII. Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS Act)
  • Title IX. Revenue Provisions
  • Title X. Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act

Role of Libraries

ALA Policy B.8.11, The Role of Libraries in Providing E-Government and Emergency Services (Old Number 50.16), states:

The American Library Association urges governments at all levels to acknowledge and support the essential role local libraries play in providing e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and to include libraries in relevant legislative or other policy actions. The American Library Association also encourages continued research documenting library needs and capacity to provide effective e-government and emergency response/recovery services, and help libraries develop best practices and train staff to deliver these essential services.

At the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and WebJunction, a program of OCLC, to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment began October 1, 2013.

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