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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.

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. .

 

 

MEET AUTHORS, GET AUTOGRAPHS

KHCPL TO HOST READ LOCAL! LIBRARY BOOK FAIR ON MAY 1 AND KELSEY TIMMERMAN ON MAY 2

 

You have two opportunities to meet authors!

 

Kokomo is home to a host of talented people, including authors. Come meet about 30 of them, learn about their work, and buy books for the authors to autograph during the Read Local! Library Book Fair from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Then, from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 2, Author Kelsey Timmerman will have a short presentation and book-signing after he teaches a writers’ workshop.

 

“We have dedicated space at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library to showcase local authors’ work,” said Trisha Shively, Head of Adult and Teen Services. “We wanted to take it a step further, though, and offer the authors a chance to meet our patrons and vice versa.”

 

“Indiana Humanities selected KHCPL as a host site for the Novel Conversations Speakers Program, so we’re able to bring Timmerman to Kokomo to teach a two-hour writers’ workshop,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “We wanted to make it possible for people who don’t want to be writers to hear Timmerman speak and get his books and autograph. Timmerman was willing to do that, and we’re very grateful.”

 

There’s still time to register for Timmerman’s workshop, Fipps noted. 

 

In Timmerman’s “Writing Non-Fiction: Connecting People Through Stories” workshop, writers of creative nonfiction will explore truths through verifiable facts, shaping 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. 

 

The workshop is free and will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at KHCPL Main. Bring pen and paper. You can also bring a laptop, but please make sure you fully charged it before the workshop because we cannot guarantee access to an outlet. Space is limited; registration required. Call 457.3242 to register. 

 

Authors who have signed up to be a part of the first-of-its-kind event for KHCPL Main are as follows:

•Othello Bach, author of Cry into the Wind, 2005 (memoir); and Simon Sees, 2013 (thriller)

•Margaret Inez Bates, author of Choose Life, 2010 (poetry); and Lifting Up a Standard, 2008 (poetry)

•Kylie Betzner, author of The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, 2015 (fiction)

•Lee Boger, author of But What About Your Anger?, 2012 (Christian); and But What About the Children?, 2002 (parenting)

•Johanna Bragg, author of Best Frenemies, 2015 (children’s fiction)

•Cynthia Burch, author of You’ll See Jesus on My Face, 2011 (nonfiction)

•La Deema Burns, author of Beauty for Ashes, 2010 (autobiography)

•Riley Case, author of A Paper Route Is Good for the Soul, 2010 (nonfiction) How Hackleburg Became a 13-Pie Church, 2004 (fiction); and You’ll See Jesus on My Face (co-authored), 2001 (nonfiction)

•Sterling Clark, author of The National Guardians, 2012 (superhero comic book); and The Renegade: Classics, 2015 (superhero comic book)

•Cathy Cobb, author of The Chemistry of Alchemy, 2014 (nonfiction); Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth, 2007 (nonfiction); and Joy of Chemistry, 2005 (nonfiction)

•Charity Craig, author of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Last, 2014 (nonfiction)

•Judy Dailey, author of Forget You Ever Knew Me, 2014 (fiction); and Animal, Vegetable, Murder, 2013 (fiction)

•Liz Flaherty, author of Back to McGuffey’s, 2014 (romance); and Home to Singing Trees, 2010 (historical romance)

•George Gilbert, author of Team of One We Believe, 2014 (memoir)

•Jacqueline Hendricks, author of They Came to Pick Tomatoes, a trilogy, 2014 (fiction); and Dear Joe Biden, 2014 (nonfiction)

•Jillian Jacobs, author of Ember’s Center, 2014 (nonfiction); and Water’s Threshold, 2014 (nonfiction)

•Tom Kelley, author of Guardmount, 2013 (fiction)

•Tom Kelley and Jon Zeck, authors of Images of Howard County Law Enforcement, 2014 (nonfiction)

•Angela Manson, author of Diamond in the Rough, 2011 (poetry)

•Brenda Maxfield, author of The Return, 2014 (young adult); and It’s Mine, 2014 (children’s book)

•Donita Pressel-Merley, author of The Geesops, 2015 (children’s book)

•Teresa Robison, author of The Secrets of Heavenly, 2013 (fiction)

•Eunice Rush, author of Led by Horses, 2014 (Christian); and Know You, Know Your Horse, 2012 (nonfiction)

•Marissa Shrock, author of The First Principle, 2015 (young adult)

•Gail Truax, author of Greymalkin and the Birthday Surprise, 2014 (children’s book); and Greymalkin and the Baby Dragon, 2013 (children’s book)

•David Turner and Fritz (the Dog), author of Fritz’s Follies Volume II, 2014 (young adult); and Naughty and Nice: Two Christmas Mice, 2000 (children’s book)

•William D. Weir Jr., author of Vain Innocence, 2013 (fiction); and Vain Deception, 2014 (fiction)

 

About Timmerman

 

 

 

 

From garment factories in Cambodia to banana plantations in Costa Rica, Timmerman is dedicated to addressing global issues through storytelling. By traveling the world and telling the stories of the people he meets, Timmerman is able to educate his readers and initiate dialogue about our responsibilities as local and global citizens. 

 

In Where Am I Wearing?, he traveled the world to find out where his clothes came from. Visiting garment factories in Asia and Latin America, he shared the stories of the people who make our clothes. From a 20-something T-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanized the issues of globalization and provoked readers to check their tags and think about where their clothing comes from. 

 

In Where Am I Eating?, he confronted slavery in the Ivory Coast cocoa industry, and explored Fair Trade coffee farming in Colombia, as he uncovered the realities of the global food industry that is supporting our “all-American” diet. 

 

An acclaimed public speaker, Timmerman has lectured on travel and globalization around the world. He is particularly passionate about educating students through humor and storytelling, and encourages them to think globally and act locally. He is a frequent keynote speaker at universities, high schools, and conferences. He brings the world to students, and, through a partnership with the socially responsible travel company The Village Experience, he takes students to the world on weeklong excursions around the globe. 

 

He was named the Emerging Author Finalist Kelsey in The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award contest.

 

About Novel Conversations

 

 

 

Novel Conversations is a free statewide lending library. Through it, Indiana Humanities lends more than 450 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups all over Indiana, free of charge. Its selection includes popular titles such as The Sun Also Rises, At Home in Mitford, A Girl Named Zippy, The Notebook, and The Secret Life of Bees. It also has books available in several other genres, including nonfiction, mysteries, plays, poetry, and young adult.

 

About Indiana Humanities

 

 

 

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds, and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read, and talk.