I am hoping that the federal government can do a bit more to provide resources for librarians about ACA.
Back in my public library days, it wasn't easy working with patrons when the topic was against my views!
However, I always tried to address people's information needs without bias and as completely as possible with factual information.
"ObamaCare" questions are in the same arena. While librarians cannot advise or fill out forms, they can at least lead folks to factual information. However, this would work best if the federal government would do everything possible to lighten the load for libraries. This would include providing readable materials for consumers, as well as "pathways" for librarians.
Also, libraries can welcome trained volunteers and organizations to give in-depth information to folks. Many already do this around tax time with IRS trained volunteers.
Here in Toledo, folks from legal aid organizations "set up shop" in public libraries to assist folks. Representatives from the Ohio Benefit Bank
do likewise. These volunteers screen people for government assistance programs as SNAP and the Medicare Savings Program.
It sure would be great if government employees and/or trained volunteers could do likewise for "ObamaCare". Areas could include the health exchange marketplace, Medicaid expansion, free preventative care, and more.
And with articles as this, there is a real need for information professionals, including librarians!
Ohio insurance department claims Obamacare premium rates to rise 41 percent
(Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 1, 2013)
Ohio insurance regulators Thursday released rates for health insurance to be sold on the new state marketplace
and said premiums for individuals will rise an average of 41 percent
compared with 2013 rates.
That average brought immediate condemnation from critics of the Affordable Care Act, with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a southwest Ohio Republican, calling it “irrefutable evidence” that the law known as Obamacare is driving up costs and hurting the economy........