(Lakewood, Colo. – Sept. 30, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it is partnering with Jefferson County Human Services to assist area residents with seeking affordable health care coverage under the new Affordable Health Care Act.
Area residents who do not qualify for Medicaid may be able to get financial assistance to buy insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace . Beginning Oct. 1, Coloradans will be able to use the Marketplace to shop for private health insurance plans and find out if they qualify for new financial assistance to lower their health care costs. For example, an individual earning $1,250 to $3,800 a month, or a family of four earning about $2,600 to $7,800 a month, may qualify for financial assistance. Coverage can start as early as January 2014.
“We’re pleased to offer this valuable service to the community,” said Donna Walker, director of public services, JCPL. “We know that understanding the individual impacts of the Affordable Health Care Act in Colorado can be daunting, and now, thanks to this partnership, we’ll be able to help patrons and others understand what it means for their individual situations.”
Beginning Oct. 1, JCPL’s Belmar Library  will serve as a Connect for Health Colorado Certified Assistance Site, where residents can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide, trained by Connect for Health Colorado and provided by Jefferson County Human Services. Health Coverage Guides provide fair and impartial information and services that help customers complete the application process to purchase health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. Health Coverage Guides also are responsible for educating customers about available coverage options, tax credits and cost sharing programs – and how to prioritize, filter and sort their options to meet their unique needs.
Personal assistance will be offered at the following dates and times:
Belmar Library Connect for Colorado Sign Up Sessions
· Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 – 12:00 – 4:30pm
· Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 – 9:00am – 4:30pm
· Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 – 10:00am – 4:30pm
· Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
· Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 – 12:30 – 4:30pm
· Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 – 9:00am – 1:00pm
· Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 – 12:30 – 4:30pm
· Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – 12:00 – 4:30pm
· Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 – 12:00 – 4:30pm
· Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 – 9:00am – 1:30pm
· Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 – 9:00am – 4:30pm
Residents seeking assistance will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled beginning in November and continuing through the end of the year. Check the Belmar Library’s Event Calendar  (jeffcolibrary.org/locations/belmar-library) for updates. The Belmar Library is located at 555 South Allison Parkway in Lakewood.
Assistance will also be available through:
900 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden, 80401
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday - Friday
260 South Kipling Street, Lakewood, 80226
8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Residents may also visit the Connect for Health Colorado  website at connectforhealthco.com or get help by phone from Connect for Health Colorado Jefferson County at 303-271-4691.
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org .
About Jefferson County Human Services
Through early childhood education, adult and child protection, job training, food assistance, Medicaid, mediation and other programs, Human Services helps people build better, safer lives. For more information, visit jeffco.us/human-services/.
About Connect for Health Colorado
Starting in October, Connect for Health Colorado™ offers individuals, families and small employers a new online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to new up‐front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs. Customers shop through a website, and get expert help in person and over the phone from a network of professionals, including Customer Service Center Representatives, certified Health Coverage Guides and certified health insurance agents and brokers. The Marketplace is a public, non‐profit entity that was established by a 2011 state law. More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com .