Free Library invites public to get Obamacare application assistance

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustration. Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

A Pew Charitable Trusts study of the Free Library of Philadelphia found that an astonishing 34 percent of the library’s visitors come there to access healthcare information.

Now, the Free Library has Certified Application Counselors ready, willing and able to guide members of the public through the Obamacare application process at Free Library branches across the city.

“We have 1,000 public access computers,” said Siobhan Reardon, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “We have a staff that’s knowledgeable and willing.”

“One of the first things Obama said about the Affordable Care Act was to encourage people to go their libraries,” Reardon continued.

There are 34 counselors now working for the Free Library at various branches. Applicants can sign up by scheduling an appointment or just dropping in to the Parkway Central Library.

“We can guide someone through the process,” said Autumn McClintock, one of the counselors working at the Free Library.

Counselors will help applicants all the way through the health-care application process to the point where they can be fully insured.

The program runs through the end of March when the season for open enrollment will end.

Call to make an appointment

• Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Ave., 215-685-7436

• Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave., 215-685-2153

• Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St., 215-685-9996

• Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., 215-685-9794

• Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., 215-685-7433

• Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., 215-685-0522

• Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave., 215-686-1768

• Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th St., 215-685-7671

• Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., 215-685-1754

• Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave., 215-685-9798

• Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave., 215-685-0298

• Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. — open at the Tech Lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:

January 24 and 27; February 3, 14, 17, and 28; March 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, and 31.

What to bring

• Social Security number, documents numbers for legal immigrants

• Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage

• Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans

• A completed Employer Coverage Tool form (can be provided at the library)

____________________

Follow Sam Newhouse on Twitter: @scnewhouse

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.