Libraries step up with Affordable Care Act help

February 7, 2014 by  

Our local libraries are once again stepping into the breach and helping educate residents, this time about the Affordable Care Act. Several libraries in the Lafayette area have taken on the task of assisting local citizens to sign up for healthcare coverage under the new legislation.

Certified counselors will be available to explain the various coverage options available through Covered California, the state’s healthcare exchange.

Additionally, interested parties will be able to find out if they qualify through Medi-Cal for low-cost or no-cost coverage. Libraries are a source of information not only because of the books they contain or their access to the Internet; brochure printers are also employed by various government agencies to provide information on a wide variety of subjects.

Those who wish to attend one of the scheduled meetings should bring with them the following documents: Proof of citizenship or legal residence, current proof of income in the form of recent pay stubs, tax returns and W-2s, Social Security cards, and the date of birth for each member of the household.

Meetings were held at two county libraries on Saturday Feb. 1; however, two additional opportunities for help will be available this month. The Richmond Main Library will have a meeting from 1:00 to 5:00 pm tomorrow. The following Saturday, February 15, one will take place at the San Pablo Library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.