The Oak Ridge Public Library is joining libraries across the country as the starting point for people who will be participating in the Affordable Care Act.  The Marketplace opens October 1, and can be accessed through the website www.healthcare.gov.  President Obama has called upon libraries with public internet access to help fill the need of the estimated one in five Americans who do not have internet access available to them. 

Reference staff will be on hand to help the public get to the Marketplace using the library’s public internet computers.  Wireless access is also available for those who have laptops but do not have internet at home.  Even though staff will not be able to help with specifics, they will be able to refer you to people and resources that can. Everyone is encouraged to enroll online but sign up by telephone or by using an application form is available as well.

The Library will also be offering two programs on the Affordable Care Act.  Insurance agent David Vudragovich will give a brief overview of health insurance and the ACA Tuesday, September 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will present a more detailed look on Saturday, September 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Both programs are in the Library auditorium and are free to the public.  To register for one or both programs, please call the Library at (865) 425-3455.

For more information please visit www.oakridgetn.gov.

News media contact: Candice Brogan (865) 425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov.