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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information

Affordable Care Fast Facts

  • Enrollment Web Address: www.healthcare.gov
  • Passed in 2010
  • Requires U.S. citizens to have health care insurance or face penalties.
  • Mandates health care insurance providers cover a core list of health services.
  • Requires each state to provide Marketplaces or Exchanges where people can choose an insurance provider and a plan that fits their needs.

 

When can I enroll?

Open enrollment for the health care insurance marketplaces has now ended, except for major changes, like the birth of a baby. 

 

What if I have questions about enrollment?

If you need assistance with enrollment, Howard County has a local Affordable Care Act navigator that can answer your questions. Her information is below.

 

Nemmi M. D'Agostino
Bilingual Outreach Enrollment Assistant
3118 South Lafountain Street
Kokomo, IN 46902
Phone: 765-864-4160
Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Additionally, please visit the Health Insurance Marketplace website at: www.healthcare.gov (www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/ for Spanish speaking patrons) or call:

 

24/7 Consumer Call Center / Marketplace Call Center
1-800-318-2596 (English and non-English speaking)
1-855-889-4325 (TTY Users)

 

The Health Sherpa Website: www.thehealthsherpa.com can also help with comparing plans before purchasing through the Marketplace. 

 

Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now

DMV Practice Tests

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The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Announces Partnership with Driving-Tests.org; Innovation in Driving Education, Driving Tests Availability for Patrons


The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is pleased to announce a new partnership with Driving-Tests.org, one of the nation’s top sites for driver’s license practice tests. The partnership will strengthen the library’s mission to be a vital gateway to information.


Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offers free DMV practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.


Availability and accessibility is important to the creators of Driving-Tests.org, as the site is designed to help new drivers study state manuals and take driving practice tests based on the real DMV written exams. This partnership allows the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library to harness the power of Driving-Test.org’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers.


The new program will work as an outreach for several valued groups of patrons, such as teens, those with disabilities, those who participate in the library’s programs for seniors and need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life.


“We also have partnerships with hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation, devoted to creating safe drivers,” says Driving-Tests.org’s founder, Andrei Zakhareuski. “Our partners value information and accessibility – the same values we have, and ones that lead to safer roadways.”


For our new Driving-Tests.org partner site, please visit khcpl.driving-tests.org.

FREE Writers' Workshop With Kelsey Timmerman

Saturday, May 2 * 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. * KHCPL Main

Short presentation and book signing to follow from 11:30 a.m. to noon

Indiana Humanities selected KHCPL as a host site for the Novel Conversations Speakers Program, so we're able to bring author Kelsey Timmerman to Kokomo to teach a two-hour writers' workshop: Writing Non-Fiction: Connecting People Through Stories. In it, writers of creative nonfiction will explore truths through verifiable facts and shape the narrative using the same tools as writers of fiction: scene, pacing, setting, characterization, etc. Then Kelsey will have a brief presentation and autograph books.

 

Timmerman will give workshop-goers the opportunity to use those elements in their own writing, and explore what non-fiction topics they should be writing about. He is the author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy

 

Bring pen and paper. Feel free to bring a laptop. Make sure the laptop battery is fully charged; we cannot guarantee you will have access to an outlet.

 

Space is limited to 60; registration required. Call 457.3242 to register. We will need your name, mailing address, email, and phone number. We are collecting that information in case we have more than 60 people sign up. We can then try to reach you if you are on the waiting list and someone cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies' Tea

DOWNTON TEA BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND — BUT WITH A TWIST 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH KHCPL TO ADD LADY DISALVO HAT AUCTION

 

If you love Downton Abbey or loved Pat Disalvo, you won’t want to miss the Lady Pat Disalvo Hat Auction & KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies’ Tea on Saturday, May 2, at Elite Banquet & Conference Center, 2820 S. Lafountain St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will end at the conclusion of the auction.

 

In the past, KHCPL has been the host of the tea and the Howard County Historical Society a sponsor, said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. 

 

“In May, it’ll be vice versa. At other teas, we’ve just given away door prizes; this time, we’ll have door prizes and a hat auction as a tribute to Disalvo and a fundraiser for the Howard County Historical Society.

 

“Pat was a beloved and noted radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist,” Fipps said. “She wasn’t a Kokomo native, but we claim her as ours. In her 32 years in radio, she received lots of awards and helped designers find stardom. Her true passion was serving and giving. She served on a number of boards, including the Howard County Historical Society and Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. So when Judy Brown, president-elect of the Historical Society, asked if they could be the host and us be the sponsor of the tea and add the auction of Pat’s hats that she bequeathed to the Historical Society, we were honored to be a part of the special event. We think those who loved Pat will want to have one of her prized hats. Plus those who like to dress up for the tea would also likely enjoy hats.” 

To see the hats up for auction, check out the Pinterest page created by the Howard County Historical Society.

Since the event is less than two weeks before Mother’s Day, it’d be a great way to celebrate mothers, Disalvo, and Downton Abbey. We invite ladies 13 and older — you and your mom, aunt, sister, grandma, daughter, coworker, etc. — to enjoy cocktail shrimp- and cucumber-filled petite bagels; egg salad with capers and tomato on fresh-baked petite yeast buns; meat- and cream cheese-stuffed pinwheels; roasted pepper hummus with assorted crackers; quinoa salad with dried cranberries and diced apples; fresh-baked apple and blueberry scones with blackberry jam and apple butter; lady fingers with strawberry preserves; mini chocolate-frosted éclairs; and assorted hot teas.

 

We encourage you to get in the Downton Abbey spirit and come dressed in period costume because there will be a Downton Abbey prize for best costume. 

 

There will be Downton Abbey trivia contest and door prizes, including Downton Abbey jewelry from Palmer’s Jewelry, a sponsor of the event. Elite Banquet & Conference Center is the other sponsor of the Lady Pat Disalvo Hat Auction & KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies’ Tea. 

 

Tickets are $20 each. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets online today. Paygov.us does charge a very minimal fee.

 

You can also purchase tickets in person at KHPCL Main, South, and Russiaville starting on Tuesday, March 17. In addition, tickets will be sold at the Howard County Historical Society office, 1200 W. Sycamore St.

 

For more information, call Fipps at 765.626.0807 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

KHCPL Seeks Authors, Illustrators

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is planning a Read Local: Library Book Fair and is looking for local published writers and illustrators.

 

The event is open to authors and illustrators originally from or currently living in Howard or one of the six surrounding counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Miami, or Tipton.

 

“A key mission of KHCPL is to encourage people of all ages to read,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community co-organizer of the author fair. “If you know or meet an author of a book, it enhances your reading experience, takes it to a new level. We created the Read Local: Library Book Fair with three goals in mind. First, KHCPL wants to promote reading. Second, the library wants to showcase the talents of local writers while providing them a venue to sell their books. Third, KHCPL wants to offer patrons the opportunity to meet authors and get autographs.”

 

The Read Local: Library Book Fair is open to writers and illustrators of all genres: children’s picture, easy reader, and chapter books; middle grade novels; YA novels; poetry; fiction; nonfiction; science fiction; romance; graphic novels, etc. 

 

“Whether you are from Kokomo and now call another city home or you are from somewhere else and now call Kokomo home, if you’re a published author or illustrator, we welcome you to be a part of the Read Local: Library Book Fair,” Fipps said.

 

The Read Local: Library Book Fair is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at KHCPL Main, 220 N. Union St. It will be our First Friday event.

 

If you are an author interested in being a part of the Read Local: Library Book Fair, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/6e1hpl8qWg to find the online registration form. Complete and submit it by April 1, and we will respond by April 8. There is no fee to participate. “This isn’t about raising money,” Fipps said. “This is about raising awareness about local authors.”

 

“We even have a local author section now,” said Trisha Shively, head of Adult and Teen Services and co-organizer of the author fair. 

 

KHCPL will provide each author or illustrator with one table and two chairs. A limited number of tables will have access to electrical outlets. If you need one, it’s best to sign up as early as possible. Access granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

Authors and illustrators are welcome and encouraged to bring tablecloths, signs, promotional items (such as bookmarks), and displays to decorate their tables. In addition, authors who have published several books are welcome to display and sell all of them. 

 

KHCPL will not be able to provide change, cash boxes, or credit card readers; each author or illustrator is responsible for his or her monetary transactions. KHCPL also is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 

 

We will do our best to include every writer and illustrator who wishes to participate, but space is limited. 

 

If you have questions or need more information, please email Fipps at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Shively at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also call Fipps at 765.626.0807 or Shively at 765.626.0811.