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Affordable Care Act Information and Helpful Videos

Have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Many good resources are available. Click on the links below for more information.

About ACA:
The law is complex, and added misinformation and myths have made it difficult for individuals to get the information they need.

  • On January 1, 2014 the major provisions of the law will take effect.  
  • On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins.   
  • South Carolina has chosen to opt out of the state run insurance exchanges so South Carolinians will need to use the Federal Insurance Marketplace.
  • Go to Healthcare.gov, the official web page to help explain the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is also offering training to business.
     

Why is the Library Involved?

It makes sense for Richland Library to be part of our community’s solution on this issue. People already rely on us for Internet access, computers and personalized services. Access to information on health care is no different.

We are committed to advancing our community and are proud to work with a number of community partners to provide a connection for area residents who are seeking information about the Affordable Care Act.

How do I find information about the Affordable Care Act that I can trust?
Our team at the library has compiled a list of trustworthy resources on our website to help get you get the answers you’re looking for. Simply visit RichlandLibrary.com/aca or stop by any of our 11 locations for personalized assistance.

 

  With the generous support of the Knight Foundation Donor Advised Funds at Central Carolina Community Foundation, Richland Library will lead the efforts for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Initiative to raise awareness and education of Richland County residents regarding the impact and options of the ACA.


Roberta P. Says: A new era in U.S. health care : critical next steps under the Affordable Care Act
Amazon Says: A New Era in U.S. Health Care demystifies the Affordable Care Act for unfamiliar readers, setting an agenda for lawmakers and the health industry alike. It focuses on four key more...
Amazon Says: A New Era in U.S. Health Care demystifies the Affordable Care Act for unfamiliar readers, setting an agenda for lawmakers and the health industry alike. It focuses on four key issues that will determine the success of this 2010 legislation: the use of state-run Medicaid programs to expand access to insurance; the implementation process; the creation of health insurance exchanges; and the introduction of a new organizational form, accountable care organizations. less...
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Roberta P. Says: Discusses how things got so bad, tracking the origins of the U.S. health care system and illuminating how each of the important components have evolved over the last century.
Amazon Says: More and more Americans are finding themselves without health insurance or with coverage that is so inadequate they face financial ruin in the event they actually get sick. So more...
Amazon Says: More and more Americans are finding themselves without health insurance or with coverage that is so inadequate they face financial ruin in the event they actually get sick. So they go without. Their children don't receive their immunizations. They allow that worrisome lump in their breast to grow so large that by the time the cancer has been detected it has spread beyond the ability to cure. Seniors can't pay their heating bills or sustain adequate nutrition as the rising cost of their prescription drugs compels them to make difficult choices. Just how did our system become so dysfunctional and who is responsible? This book will tell you. Too often, discussions on the health care crisis focus a myopic lens on the usual suspects. We are all quick to point a finger at insurance companies who place profit over patients or the pharmaceutical industry that extorts obscene amounts of American dollars for the same drugs that cost 50 to 75 percent less when we cross our borders north or south. We blame trial lawyers who practice with a "lottery" mentality that protects neither the patient from negligent care nor good physicians from frivolous lawsuits. But the culpability for our crisis is more widespread. Hospitals have devolved from not-for-profit, community-based institutions to large, national for-profit chains. Doctors no longer spend time with their patients but instead rely on expensive, and often times, unnecessary tests and use physician extenders (such as P.A.s and nurse practitioners) to move patients along like cars on an assembly line. Politicians pass well-meaning laws as a knee-jerk reaction to a specific issue without understanding the unexpected consequences, which frequently only exacerbate the problem. And they operate in a system of special interests and influence peddling that all but assures the failure of any meaningful health care reform. And while we all demand high quality health care, few actually take preventative measures that could keep them out of the system they deride. This is a public that eats, drinks, and smokes to excess yet exercises far too seldom. It's Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure discusses how things got so bad, tracking the origins of the U.S. health care system and illuminating how each of the important components have evolved over the last century. Lobosky explains how the varied special interests have conspired to create a system that is by far the costliest in the world and yet is mediocre at best in providing quality care. He explores the various culprits and how each has contributed to the sad state of affairs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is dissected in detail, and a practical and compassionate blueprint for meaningful reform is offered to remedy the situation. This book is a must read for every American who is frustrated and disheartened by the recent health care battles, for every American who suffers through the "best health care system in the world," and for every American who wants to assure quality care for themselves and those they love. less...
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Roberta P. Says: Read it for yourself - the law as passed by Congress
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Roberta P. Says: How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
Amazon Says: How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today―the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine more...
Amazon Says: How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today―the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians' provide, insurance companies that don't demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm. Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of The American Cancer Society, an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtain on how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary―and often unproven―treatments that we all pay for. Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs.Brawley's personal history – from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit, to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the U.S., to the boardrooms of The American Cancer Society―results in a passionate view of medicine and the politics of illness in America - and a deep understanding of healthcare today. How We Do Harm is his well-reasoned manifesto for change. less...
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Inside National Health Reform by John E. McDonough
Roberta P. Says: Indispensable guide to the Affordable Care Act
Amazon Says: This indispensable guide to the Affordable Care Act, our new national health care law, lends an insider’s deep understanding of policy to a lively and absorbing account of t more...
Amazon Says: This indispensable guide to the Affordable Care Act, our new national health care law, lends an insider’s deep understanding of policy to a lively and absorbing account of the extraordinary—and extraordinarily ambitious—legislative effort to reform the nation’s health care system. Dr. John E. McDonough, DPH, a health policy expert who served as an advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, provides a vivid picture of the intense effort required to bring this legislation into law. McDonough clearly explains the ACA’s inner workings, revealing the rich landscape of the issues, policies, and controversies embedded in the law yet unknown to most Americans. In his account of these historic events, McDonough takes us through the process from the 2008 presidential campaign to the moment in 2010 when President Obama signed the bill into law. At a time when the nation is taking a second look at the ACA, Inside National Health Reform provides the essential information for Americans to make informed judgments about this landmark law. less...
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Roberta P. Says: A timely and thorough explanation of U.S. health care, written in readable laymen’s terms
Amazon Says: Unraveling U.S. Health Care is a guidebook to the health care system that provides a timely and thorough explanation of U.S. health care, written in readable laymen’s terms. more...
Amazon Says: Unraveling U.S. Health Care is a guidebook to the health care system that provides a timely and thorough explanation of U.S. health care, written in readable laymen’s terms. Roberta Winter educates and informs general readers about useful information that will empower their health care decision making. She makes sense of important health care issues, which are often filtered with political and financial stakeholder bias, confusing the health care consumer. Useful tips, explanatory charts, and statewide scorecards are included throughout to assist readers in choosing the best care they can receive. More than ever, patients must act as consumers of health care, balancing informed decisions with available resources. Keeping this in mind, Winter also explores other options available to patients, including seeking health care outside the United States, and provides a roadmap for medical tourists to the U.S. In addition, she includes Medicare enrollment tips, and a summary of the 2010 health care reforms and implementation guidelines. Bringing all this data together, this book will serve as a resource and guide for anyone who seeks to receive better care for both everyday issues and major health concerns alike. less...
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South Carolina Libraries Connecting Patrons to ACA Resources
Roberta P. Says: South Carolina Libraries Connecting Patrons to ACA Resources
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare
Roberta P. Says: Good national overview by the YouToons
Understanding the Affordable Care Act | HealthCare.gov
Roberta P. Says: Understanding the Affordable Care Act | HealthCare.gov
The Marketplace for Individuals & Families
Roberta P. Says: The Marketplace for Individuals & Families
El Mercado de Seguros Medicos para Individuales y Familias
Roberta P. Says: El Mercado de Seguros Medicos para Individuales y Familias
Affordable Health Care Act Explained by Dr. Amer Kaissi
Roberta P. Says: Affordable Health Care Act Explained by Dr. Amer Kaissi
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