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Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, a health reform law was passed called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "ObamaCare."  The law was created to make preventive care more accessible and affordable for Americans.  This law will take effect October 1, 2013 and requires everyone to have health insurance or face financial penalties.  Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013 for coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014.  Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.

What is The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?  Below are listed some web sites intended to explain the law, and how it affects individuals:

What is The Health Insurance Marketplace?

Follow the links to find answers.  Find out what the Health Insurance Marketplace is, how to enroll, what kind of plans are offered, and more!

Starting October 1, 2013, you can visit the official Illinois Marketplace, GetCoveredIllinois.gov.  Illinois residents will be able to choose high quality and affordable health insurance plans through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Health Insurance Marketplace in Illinois is a work-in-progress.  Illinois is developing its own state-level Health Care Marketplace - 2015 is the target date for completion.  In the meantime, in partnership with the Fedearl government, Illinois residents will have access to the national Health Care Marketplace.

The national site, Healthcare.gov (En Espanol: CuidadoDeSalud.gov) also allows you to enroll in the marketplace, fill out an application and see plan choices and get other information and help.  This process will help you determine if you qualify, or can get lower cost coverage through Medicad or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)*.  All Marketplace plans offer the same set of comprehensive benefits.  They cover things like pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, hospitalizations, prescriptions, and doctor's visits.  Visit here for a list of what is covered.  *You can sign-up for Medicad or CHIP at anytime.

Insurance carriers participating in the marketplace include:

Aetna Life Insurance Company -                Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois -                Blue Cross Blue Sheild

Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company Coventry

Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc. -          Health Alliance

Humana Insurance Company and Humana Health Plan, Inc. -      Humana

Land of Lincoln Health Insurance Company -   Land of Lincoln Health         

Questions or to enroll via phone?  Phone the Health Insurance Marketplace

1-800-318-2596 Espanol, llame 1-800-318-2596 (TTY:1-855-889-4325)  Call this 800 number to get your Health Insurance Marketplace questions answered by a customer service representative, available 24/7.  On calling, you'll be welcomed to the Health Insurance Markeplace and asked to give your state, as some states have state-sponsored marketplaces.

Paper Applications

Paper applications can also be printed out from the CMS.gov website or below.

Mail your signed application to:

Health Insurance Marketplace

Dept. of Health and Human Services

465 Industrial Blvd.

London, Ky 40750-0001

In Person Help

The Kankakee County Health Department - The Kankakee County Health Department has dedicated staff available to answer questions about the new health insurance. If you need help, they can walk you step-by-step through the online application process and explain coverage options. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Kankakee County Health Department toll free at 1.855.216.9400 or go to Kankakeehealth.org. You can also visit the Healthcare.gov for more information.

Further Links related to the Affordable Care Act in Illinois

Get Covered Illinois - The official gateway to Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace

Questions and Answers About the Affordable Care Act in Illinois - Frequently Asked Questions at GetCoveredIllinois.gov

Health Care Reform in Illinois: What It Means for You - News and information for consumers form Illinois.gov

Health Insurance: Illinois Department of Insurance - A collection of health insurance-related fact sheets for consumers, maintained by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Illinois - Background information form the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Insurance Reform: Illinois Department of Insurnace - Useful information on the Affordable Care Act and other health insurance reform measures in Illionis.

Health Insurance Exchanges: Illinois Department of Insurance - Monitors the development of Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace.

State Exchange Profile: Illinois - The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation report on the development of Illinois' Health Care Marketplace.

Marketplace Health Plans

For every plan, you will pay a monthly premium and out-of-pocket expenses when you receive services.  In general, the lower the premium, the higher the out-of-pocket costs when you need care; the higher the premium, the lower the out-of-pocket costs when you need care.  The way you pay your portion of these costs is through deductibles and copayments or co-insurance.

The Marketplace offers four categories of plans, plus a catastrophic plan:

The Process

Visit the Using the Marketplace and the Help Center for information on how to apply for coverage in the National Marketplace.  Below are the steps you will take to apply:

Avoiding Scams

AARP - Provides warnings and helpful information in regards to avoiding being a victim of a scam

 

Bradley Library Book Club Reading Lists

 Book Club Reading Lists

 *Date above book jacket is the day the book club will discuss the book.

Scroll to bottom of page for PDF listings of past books read.

 

Tuesday Morning Book Club

July 2015 - Hurricane Sisters by Dorthea Benton Frank

August 2015 - To Be Announced

September 2015 - The Magician's Lie by Greer Mcallister

October 2015 - Longbourn by Jo Baker

November 2015 - Saving Grace by Jane Green

December 2015 - The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

January 2016 - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

February 2016 - Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

March 2016 - Dead Wake by Erik Larson

April 2016 - A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

May 2016 - Ship of Brides by Jo Jo Moyes

June 2016 - Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

July 2016 - Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

August 2016 - Unwind by Neal Shusterman

September 2016 - Boys In the Boat by Daniel Brown

October 2016 - Rosemary by Kate Clifford Larson

November 2016 - Ina Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

December 2016 - Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

February 2017 - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

March 2017 - The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

April 2017 - After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

May 2017 - Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

June 2017 - Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strought

July 11, 2017 - Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade

August 8, 2017 - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

September 12, 2017 - Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

October 10, 2017 - Emma by Jane Austen

November 14, 2017 - Christmas Train by David Baldacci

December 12, 2017 - Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

Wednesday Book Club

October 2016 - If I Stay by Gayle Forman

January 2017 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

February 2017 - The Girls by Emma Cline

March 2017 - The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

April 2017 - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

May 2017 - All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

June 2017 - American Heiress (NF) by Jeffrey Toobin

July 2017 - Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin

August 2017 - Songs of WIllow Frost by Jamie Ford

September 2017- The Dinner by herman Koch

October 2017 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

November 2017 - The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

December 2017 - The Book of Awesome

Chatty Crafters Book Club

September 7, 2013 - Stamped Out by Terri Thayer

October 5, 2013 - Whack 'n' Roll by Gail Oust

November 2, 2013 - Stealing With Style by Emyl Jenkins

December 7, 2013 - The Square Root of Murder by Ada Madison

January 4, 2014 - Invitation to Murder by Elizabeth Bright

February 1, 2014 - Pretty Poison by Joyce and Jim Lavene

March 1, 2014 - Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton

April 5, 2014 - Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler

May 3, 2013 - Murder Takes the Cake by Gayle Trent

September 3, 2016 - The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

October 1, 2016 - Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini

November 5, 2016 - The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan

December 3, 2016 - A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas

January 7, 2017 - The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

February 4, 2017 - Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

March 4, 2017 - Antiques Roadkill by Barbara Allan

April 1, 2017 - The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O'Neal

May 6, 2017 - A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick

September 2, 2017 - Murder Past Due by Miranda James

October 7, 2017 - Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs

November 4, 2017 - Harvest of Murder by Ann Ripley

December 2, 2017 - A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan

January 6, 2018 - The last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

February 3, 2018 - How to Knit a Love Song by Rachel Herron

March 3, 2018 - The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris

April 7, 2018 - Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance

May 5, 2018 - Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan

What's On The Menu

October 24, 2016 - Jenn McKinlay Books Can Be Deceiving

November 28, 2016 - Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

December 19, 2016 - Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

January 30, 2017 - Someday Home by Lauraine Snelling

Febuary 27, 2017 - Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt

March 27, 2017 - Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

April 24, 2017 - Always the Baker Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

May 23, 2017 - Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber

June 2017 - When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason

July 2017 - Weep No More My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark

August 2017 - Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

September 2017 - The Scoop by Fern Michaels

October 2017 - The Dance by Dan Walsh

November 2017 - Dashing Through the Snow by Carol Higgins Clark & Mary Higgins Clark

December 2017 - Sins of the Past by Dee Henderson

Girls Rule

September 10, 2013 - Taylor Swift

October 8, 2013 - Helen Keller

November 12, 2013 - Gabby Douglas

December 10, 2013 - Georgia O'Keeffe

January 14, 2014 - Jane Goodall

Febraury 11, 2014 - Michelle Obama

March 11, 2014 - Selena Gomez

April 8, 2014 - Eleanor Roosevelt

May 13, 2014 - Amelia Earhart

September, 15 2016 - Kate Di Camillo Because of Winn Dixie

October 20, 2016 -  Melissa Peterson Animal Adventures

November 17, 2016 - Sarah Weeks Honey

December 15, 2016 - Sheila Turnage Three Times Lucky

January 19, 2017 - Barbara O'Connor How to Steal a Dog

February 16, 2017 - K. A. Nuzum The Leanin' Dog

March 16, 2017 - Clay Carmichael Wild Things

April 20, 2017 - Betty G. Birney Spring According to Humphrey

May 18, 2017 - Kirkpatrick Hill Bo at Ballard Creek

September 2017 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

October 2017 - The BFG by Roald Dahl

November 2017 - The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

December 2017 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

January 2018 - Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

February 2018 - Kit: 1934 by Valerie Tripp

March 2018 - Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

April 2018 - The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes by Eleanor Summers

Dudes & Donuts

October 15, 2016 - Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austin & Seth Grahame-Smith

November 19, 2016 - Maximum Ride: THe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

January 21, 2017 - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

February 18, 2017 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

March 18, 2017 - Deadline by Chris Crutcher

April 15, 2017 - Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

May 20, 2017 - Crank by Ellen Hopkins

September 16, 2017 - The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

October 21, 2017 - Heat by Mike Lupica

November 18, 2017 - The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

December 16, 2017 - The Chocolate Wars by Michael Grant

January 20, 2018 - Redwall by Brian Jacques

February 17, 2018 - The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

March 17, 2018 - Watership Down: A Novel by Richard George Adams

April 21, 2018 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

May 19, 2018 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

 

Crossover Club

January 24, 2017 - After the End by Amy Plum

February 28, 2017 - An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

March 28, 2017 - Splintered by A.G. Howard

April 25, The Maze Runner by James Dashner

May 23, 2017 - Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

June 27, 2017- Paper Towns by John Green

July 25, 2017 - Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

August 22, 2017 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

September 26, 2017 - Pirates by Celia Rees

October 24, 2017 - Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

November 28, 2017 - Wintergirlsby Laurie Halse Anderson

December 19, 2017 - Spanking Shakespeare by Jake WIzner

 

From Page to Screen

September 2017 - The Hours by Michael Cunningham

October 2017 - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

November 2017 - One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

December 2017 - Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

January 2018 - The Circle by Dave Eggers

February 2018 - Cold Mountain: A Novel by Charles

March 2018 - The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

April 2018 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

May 2018 - The Road by Cormac McCarthy

 

Worlds Apart Fantasy Book Club

October 14, 2017 - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

November 11, 2017 - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

December 9, 2017 - The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Citizenship Resource Corner

Test Prep

College & Jobs

Preparing for College

Jobs - These websites offer job listings available in Kankakee County, Chicago Area and the United States.

Career Resource

Military and Veteran Career Assistance

Social Networking

Resume Writing

Interviewing

Volunteer Work

 

Community Links

Community Entities

Newspapers

Education

Medical Care

Tourism

 

Computer Self-Help

Computer Help

 

Driver Exam - Test Prep - License Renewal

Illinois Driver Services: Driver's License and State ID

Illinois Driver Education: Includes study guides.

Illinois Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Illinois Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP): Includes study guides.

DrivingTests.org: Illinois Practice DMV Tests.

Illinois License Plate Renewal

Federal and State Income Tax Forms plus Tax Assistance

Forms

Tax Assistance

Online Tax Calculators

Tax Law

Foreign Language Instruction

Learn a foreign language with these helpful resources

Government and Law Resources

Federal Government

Illinois Government

Local Kankakee Government

General Topics

Legal Aid

 Statutes, Codes, and Regulation

Homework Help

Link to more Homework Help

Magazine & News Articles

Online archives and search engines for finding articles from magazines and newspapers.

(Items marked with ** require your library card number and catalog PIN for access from home.)

 

Readers Advisory & eBooks

 

Travel Resources

Link to all your travel needs.

 Air Travel

 

Maps & Directions

 Ground Travel

 Lodging

 Travel Reviews & Recommendations

 

Website Guides

These sites are directories of websites which have been selected and recommended by librarians. They are excellent starting points when you need good information about almost anything.

 

Consumer Help

Find product and auto reviews, shopping tips, information about recalls, and consumer-protection agencies. Buying Guides & General Advice

Cars & Trucks

Consumer Protection & Complaints

 

Health Information

Reputable sources for information about health and medicine. (Items marked with ** require your library card number and catalog PIN for access from home.) General

Diseases and Disorders

Directories

Statistics and Data

  

Library Catalogs & Libraries

If you have a Library Card, we'll borrow items from other libraries for you! Delivery from most Illinois libraries is free.

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Illinois, Local History & Genealogy

Online documents, photos, articles, and other information about the history of Illinois and the local area, plus genealogy resources.

Genealogy

History Resources

Local History Resources

 

Find Facts Fast

Encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, statistics, and other sites for quickly looking up facts.

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