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
Local

Brooklyn teen dies after early Sunday shooting: NYPD

On Monday, Police said the 18-year-old woman was already on the ground when officers responded to an emergency call of shots fired at around 1:20 a.m.

National

Skylar Grey re-writes 'Coming Home' chorus for LeBron…

Even Skylar Grey is jumping on the LeBron James bandwagon.

Local

State tobacco task force siezes $1.7 million in…

The combined agencies also reported confiscating more than 254,800 cigars, 2,000 pounds of loose tobacco and 24,770 counterfeit tax stamps.

International

Breakaway bull gores three men in closing Pamplona…

PAMPLONA Spain (Reuters) - A bull gored three men after breaking away from the pack chasing crowds through the streets of Pamplona in the closing…

Music

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' was sexual, but not…

Robin Thicke has a certified dud on his hands with "Paula," the follow-up album to his multiplatinum "Blurred Lines" and its eponymous title track that became…

Gossip

Gwyneth Paltrow as Audrey Hepburn? Internet says 'NO…

Gwyneth Paltrow dressed up as Audrey Hepburn for a Max Factor makeup campaign, and let's just say folks were not pleased.

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian's new video game is gold

If you thought "Keeping up with the Kardashians" was your biggest guilty pleasure, watch out, there's apparently a lot more where that came from. Kim…

Gossip

Katherine Heigl: Is she hard to work with?…

While presenting her new series, "State of Affairs," to TV critics in L.A., Katherine Heigl was asked about reports that she's "difficult to work with."

NBA

Angelo Cataldi: Who made LeBron James king of…

The biggest egomaniac in sports is headed back to America’s ugliest city. It’s the feel-good story of the summer.

MLB

Yankees All-Star break report card

The first half of the season rarely went as planned for the Yankees, right down to a massively disappointing injury diagnosis to Masahiro Tanaka in…

NBA

Nets lose Paul Pierce to two-year deal with…

Paul Pierce is taking a gamble on joining a franchise on the rise.

NBA

GIF: LeBron James returns to Cleveland so deal…

To anyone out there who is upset about his decision, this .GIF is for you. Enjoy.

Food

Molly Wizenberg's summer dessert recipe

Orangette blogger and "Delancey" author Molly Wizenberg shares her dessert recipe for chilled peaches in wine.

Style

Highlights from Paris Couture Week

We look at the best moments from the fall 2014 couture collections.

Education

Emily Post's family is bringing business etiquette to…

Emily Post made a name for herself in the early 1900s as a world-renowned expert on etiquette and manners advising readers on everything from making…

Parenting

3 lessons from Pinterest's most popular toddler

Meet Quinoa from the "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter" Pinterest board.