KHCPL News

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.

FREE Writers' Workshop With Kelsey Timmerman

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

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. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

HOOPLA: Free Mobile & Online Movies, TV & More

What’s all the “Hoopla” about at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library? Another FREE service for patrons!

 

First KHCPL provided patrons with free ebooks through Overdrive. Then KHCPL subscribed to Freegal to give each card-holder up to five free weekly music downloads they could keep. Then the library subscribed to Zinio to allow you to use any internet-enabled device to read more than 80 magazines regularly. Now with its partnership with Hoopla, your library card along with a browser, Android, or iOS gives you access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks — FREE! 

 

“It seemed only logical to provide mobile and online access to television shows, movies, and more considering society’s increasing use of technology,” said Tammy Keith, Head of KHCPL’s Collection Management Department. “We especially like that Hoopla is available to you wherever you go. You could watch movies on your iPad while on vacation, watch an episode of a sitcom TV show while waiting for your kids to finish practice for an upcoming game or performance, or read a book in a doctor’s office or hospital waiting room — anywhere life takes you.”

 

KHCPL went live with Hoopla today. Each patron may download up to six free titles each month.

 

“What we really like about Hoopla is that we can also offer patrons an extensive catalog of educational materials, children's titles, foreign films, and other hard-to-find content not offered anywhere else,” said Faith Brautigam, Director of KHCPL.

 

For example if you search movies, along with categories such as “New and Notable” and “Award Winners & Nominees,” you’ll find “Homeschooling,” which offers Cleared for Takeoff. Homeschoolers learn about flight with Captain Herb, a United Airlines pilot. He takes kids from the control tower to the maze of baggage handling, from giant jets taking off and landing to a front row seat in the cockpit of an in-flight Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

 

During a music search, you’ll find collections that provide 100 songs or more that only count as one borrowed item: 100 Great Symphonies, The Hot 100-Country Classics, and 100 Toddler Favorites.

 

Audiobook categories you’ll find when searching include “Business & Career.” And under television among other things, you’ll be able to watch documentaries, and British and classic TV shows.

 

Hoopla currently has thousands of selections available. It adds new content weekly and is working with studios and publishers to offer even more. 

 

You can check out movie and TV content for 72 hours, music for 7 days, and audiobooks for 21 days. 

 

To get started, go to www.KHCPL.org and click on the Hoopla icon. Remember to have your KHCPL card in hand to sign up.

 

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KHCPL CLOSED TODAY 3-1-15

For the safety of our patrons and staff, KHCPL will be closed today, March 1. Please visit our digital branch at KHCPL.org to place holds on books, renew checkouts, download free music, read magazines online free, and more!