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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "People in need of Internet access turn to libraries "

This story by Matt Mikus in the Gary Post-Tribune is one of a number the ILB has posted on this topic. Some quotes:

As our lives become more connected to the Internet, libraries are providing a service invaluable for those who don’t have a connection at home.

Library computers often are used for signing up to services like unemployment benefits or filing taxes. And with the Affordable Care Act, those who plan to buy insurance through online health care exchanges may fined a visit to the library the most convenient way to accomplish that.

About 27.6 percent of households in the country do not have high-speed internet access as of Oct. 2012, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. * * *

To help keep librarians informed, IMLS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will partner to provide seminars for librarians, and offer fact sheets and links to more information at their website.

“It’s just like with taxes, they come in and either get their forms or file their taxes. We can’t offer tax advice or guidance. This would be the same thing, patrons can come in and sign up for health insurance, but there’s no way we can know what their specific questions.”

Associate Director of the Porter County Public Library Phyllis Nelson said that currently the library has not heard much about implementing the health care law, but as they receive more information, they’ll make sure to help keep their patrons informed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 28, 2013 10:13 AM
Posted to Indiana Government