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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:
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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.

KHCPL PROJECT TO SAVE POLLINATORS

 

KHCPL PROJECT TO LEAD THE COMMUNITY IN EFFORT TO SAVE POLLINATORS

 

Community Foundation Grant Makes It Possible

 

  

 

 

 

The world is in jeopardy of losing food crops vital to our survival. Why? Crops need to be pollinated. For many crops, the primary pollinators are bees, butterflies, and birds, which feed off native plants. Pesticide use, bee mites, land development, and landscaping to create attractive lawns and gardens have dramatically decreased the number of native plants. For these reasons, pollinators are dying off. 

 

“The statistics are rather frightening,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at KHCPL. According to the Pollinator Partnership, “Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1,200 crops. That means that one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because 
of pollinators. If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add $217 billion to the global economy, and honey bees alone are responsible for between $1.2 and $5.4 billion in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.”

 

The library is the perfect organization to lead the project, Fipps said. “Our staff creates programs all year long to educate people about a variety of topics. Why not use some of our time to make people aware of the pollinator crisis, educate them about pollinators, and show them the steps they can take to help?” Plus, Fipps noted, the library has space to host programs and presentations. “With the grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, the only taxpayer dollars funding Grow the Solution Together is for KHCPL staff time to host the programs, but, again, our staff presents a variety of programs every year anyway to benefit the community.” 

 

A key element of Grow the Solution Together is KHCPL’s native plant giveaway and sales. While supplies last, KHCPL will give one native plant to per family, along with a care guide. Those wanting more than one can purchase additional native plants: one for $2 or three for $5.

 

“You can plant these beside other flowers or set aside one area for native plants,” Fipps said. “There are several local people who have well-established gardens featuring native plants, and they are also members of the Howard County Master Gardeners’ Association. They’ve been a tremendous help. They’ve educated us so we can educate others. They’re also helping at the plant giveaways and sales.”

 

Programs KHCPL plans to have in the upcoming year include an expert showing people how to take care of native plants, and a honey tasting and talk about beekeeping. “There will be a lot going on to increase awareness, education, and action,” Fipps said. “We’re even putting together a contest to encourage people to show us how their plants are growing and ways they’ve helped pollinators.”

 

KHCPL will send out press releases, use social media, and have a dedicated Grow the Solution Together web page to keep people updated about the various programs. In addition, details will be in the quarterly newsletter mailed to the homes in the community.

 

“It’s difficult to say all that will be involved with Grow the Solution because the more we talk about it, the more ideas people have,” Fipps said. “That’s a good problem to have. Whenever we talked to people, we thought we’d have to persuade them to be a part of Grow the Solution Together. Nothing could be further from the truth. As soon as we said, ‘We want to help save pollinators and increase the number of native plants in the community,’ people said, ‘Count us in.’ And, ‘I’m so glad the library’s doing this. This is so needed.’ ” 

 

So far, community partners include the Howard County Master Gardeners’ Association, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Purdue Extension, Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department, Bon Air Middle School, Carver Center, Kokomo Housing Authority, and The Living Garden. 

 

“We would be happy to partner with other organizations that want to help save pollinators and increase native plants,” Fipps said, adding all they have to do is call her at 765.626.0807.

 

“Grow the Solution Together empowers us to act locally while thinking globally,” said KHCPL Director Faith Brautigam. “I am excited about the impact this project will have on our community, in growing understanding and encouraging action. The broad partnerships will play a major role because they will help us to reach a diverse group of residents. Our community will have the privilege of looking at a worldwide issue that could potentially affect our food supply. I am especially grateful to the Community Foundation of Howard County for catching our vision and providing funding for the project.”

 

“It’s exciting that KHCPL will spearhead the only community collaboration focused on this issue that we know of in the state to date,” Fipps said.

 

WATCH THE KHCPL GROW THE SOLUTION TOGETHER VIDEO, ATTACHED BELOW

 

 

 

 

Get YOUR free native plant and have a chance to buy more during one of KHCPL’s giveaway/sale dates:

* 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 8, Community Garage Sale, at Kokomo Beach

* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9, Farmers' Market, corner of Washington and Mulberry streets

* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, Farmers' Market, corner of Washington and Mulberry streets

* 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 30, Farmers' Market, corner of Washington and Mulberry streets

* 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 1, Summer Reading Club kickoff party, KHCPL South

* 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 4, Summer Reading Club kickoff party, KHCPL Main

* 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 5, First Fridays/Strawberry Festival, KHCPL Main

One FREE native plant per family. All other native plants $2 each or 3 for $5

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NATIVE PLANT PHOTO CONTEST

We’re proud of our lovely, native plants and we bet you are, too.  Show off any native plant(s) you took home from a library event by taking a simple photo and entering the Grow the Solution Together Photo Contest.

From now through October 15, take photos as you plant or water them, as they bloom, when pollinators (bees, birds, butterflies, etc.) visit them, during a rain, at sunrise and sunset – any time there’s a chance to showcase their natural beauty.

Submit them either on the KHCPL Facebook page or via email, in high-resolution JPEG format, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. starting June 8. 

KHCPL will feature the top photos in a showing at the Art Gallery at KHCPL Main in November.  The Grand Prize photo will also be featured on a KHCPL postcard.

Additional photos will also be selected as prize-winners.  

Questions? Call Lisa Fipps at 765.626.0807 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Grow the Solution Together Photo Contest prizes: 

BUTTERFLY PUDDLER

There's nothing quite like a garden aflutter with wild butterflies in the afternoon sun. Attract your neighborhood beauties with this sand-and-water puddler, designed to hold on to natural minerals after water evaporates. Its shallow well of recycled glass holds sand or rock salt along with a teaspoon of water. When the water evaporates (in under a day), butterflies are attracted to the minerals left behind from the hard water and sand/salt. Once butterflies know where they can find these minerals, they return regularly. Place it in a conspicuous nook to transform your outdoor space into an enchanted garden. Handmade of stoneware and recycled glass in Canada.

 

 

GARDEN BUTTERFLY FEEDER


Fused stained glass butterfly feeder with orange and red hues. A network of copper spirals, vines, and hand-tooled leaves supports the feeder, which is soldered to a 3/16" copper-plated metal stake 36" tall. Three copper leaves complete the design. Dimensions are 5" diameter and 1.75" deep. Fill with very ripe fruit, or just add water and insert some pebbles that rise above the surface, for the butterflies to light on. Fill with seed to attract birds. 

 

 

BIRD SANCTUARY


Ceramicist Erik Hertz takes a fresh approach to his handcrafted birdhouses. Instead of the traditional boxy shape, he creates a rounded refuge that is both a work of art and a natural addition to the wooded landscape. Its small opening offers an inviting shelter to many varieties of bug-eating birds, like finches and wrens, while turning away larger, predatory species. Hertz's use of mottled, colorful glazes makes his birdhouses a welcome sight to the human eye as well. Handmade in Ocean Pines, Maryland.

 

 

MASON BEE HOUSE


Boost your garden's productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee! Hang this natural bamboo house against a tree or wall where it will get morning sun and attract mason bees. Female bees fill the bamboo tubes with their eggs, nectar, and pollen for the young to eat.

 

 

Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers by Kay Yatskievych (Author)


Forty percent or more of Indiana’s wildflowers will not be found in any of the available field guides. Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers fills that gap. The book includes all of the herbaceous species―a total of 1,568―recorded in Indiana (except grasses, sedges, and rushes). It contains 640 color photographs, one for every group of visually similar species. Photographs containing more than one species are accompanied by helpful explanations and numerous drawings of the characteristics that separate each of the individual species. Each species entry includes the scientific name, common name, habitats, general distribution in the state, months of blooming, size of the plants and the flowers or inflorescence, and a brief additional description of the plant. Photographs or drawings accompany most entries. 

 

 

Go Native!: Gardening with Native Plants and Wildflowers in the Lower Midwest by Carolyn Harstad (Author)


Using a simple Q & A format, this informative and user-friendly book offers advice on planning, site and soil preparation, garden design, plant selection, and propagation. Includes 125 illustrations and 100 color photos. 

 

 

 

101 Trees of Indiana: A Field Guide by Marion T. Jackson  (Author), Katherine Harrington (Author)

 


101 Trees of Indiana contains all you need to identify a tree in the Hoosier State, whatever the season. Ecologist Marion T. Jackson has selected approximately 101 species of trees, mostly native to the state but also others that are widely naturalized or planted extensively. Jackson’s comments about individual trees alone are worth the price of the book. Illustrations by Katherine Harrington provide clear and accurate botanical details. Ron Rathfon’s vivid color photographs make identification in the field a breeze. Further aiding in identification are text descriptions and species keys for both summer and winter conditions. Distribution maps indicate the counties in which each tree has been found and recorded. These maps have been updated to include more than 2,000 new county records discovered by scientists, foresters, and naturalists since the publication of Deam’s work. 101 Trees of Indiana will fit handily into a pocket or backpack, and the information for each tree, including drawings and photographs, is on facing pages―no flipping back and forth from text to picture. Naturalists, hikers, landscapers, and students will thoroughly enjoy this lovely and authoritative book.

 

 

 

The Natural Heritage of Indiana by Marion T. Jackson (Editor)


The Natural Heritage of Indiana is the first survey of the natural beauty, heritage, and environmental problems of the state. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs by some of the state's best nature photographers, as well as maps, drawings, and diagrams, it also contains essays by 38 of Indiana's leading scholar-teachers and environmental practitioners. This book explores the Indiana landscape, past and present, the seven defined natural regions of the state, and the current plant and animal life, while pondering how people have affected the land and how to protect what remains. The Natural Heritage of Indiana is not only a celebration of natural wonders and nature's beauty, it is also a record of misuse and ignorance and a call to arms for those interested in preserving Indiana's environment.

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