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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:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

Sheriff Raps the Blues After Losing to KHCPL

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RAPS THE BLUES AFTER LOSING TO KHCPL 

IN FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE FOR MLK JR. MEMORIAL

 

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers and members of his department rapped the “Law-keeper Blues” and sang the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s praises after losing a fundraising challenge.

 

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library wanted to help raise $1,000 for the MLK Jr. Memorial that will be constructed in Kokomo and created a unique fundraising project to accomplish its goal: Spirit Week. During Spirt Week, KHCPL allowed employees to do things normally not allowed in exchange for donations. The library had a day for its staff to wear jeans with their KHCPL logo shirts, indulge at an ice cream sundae bar, wear fun footwear such as flip flops and slippers, bring their kids to work, and bring their dogs to work.

 

Hoping to get the community involved, KHCPL challenged the Howard County Sheriff’s Department to do the same. To up the ante, the library and sheriff decided that once the fundraising was over and the money counted, whoever raised the least had to be videotaped serenading the winner.

 

With a total of $848, KHCPL won. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department raised $323.

 

Personnel Director Ree Moon wrote the lyrics to “Law-keeper Blues” and Sgt. Mark Brackett was the music director, creating the keyboard arrangement to accompany Sheriff Rogers, deputies, jailers, and other staffers to rap. Then they showed off their dance moves, and Detective Rod Shaffer’s were featured.

 

Head Videographer Joseph Fipps of Mills Digital filmed it, and it’s now available for viewing on the KHCPL Youtube.com channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGItw-446Rc&list=UUSPDfT1J1sCsESlSP8UKAUg

 

“We wanted to compete with another local employer so we searched for one with about the same number of employees,” said Faith Brautigam, library director. 

 

KHCPL has about 100 employees and so does the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.

 

“It was a wee bit intimidating to call up and challenge a sheriff to a duel of sorts,” said Lisa Fipps, director of Marketing and Community Engagement at KHCPL said and laughed. “Once he heard what KHCPL was doing and why, though, Sheriff Steve Rogers immediately said yes.”

 

“In addition to keeping the community safe, our mission is to respect everyone’s right to liberty, equality, and justice,” Rogers said. “That dovetails with Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and the mission of the Kokomo memorial project: to inspire all residents in Kokomo and Howard County, to further the work, vision, and philosophy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” 

 

“Because of the services we provide, we had a bit less flexibility than the library,” Rogers said. “We raised money by providing pizza, and during their lunch break employees could make donations in exchange for a few slices.”

 

“The sheriff and I would really like to see units of local government, organizations, and companies get creative and come up with fundraising competitions to help get the MLK Jr. Memorial built,” Brautigam said.

 

For more information about the memorial and how to make donations, go to www.kokomomlkmemorial.org.

 

 

Head Videographer at Mills Digital, Joseph Fipps, works on taping Howard County Sheriff Department employees perform the Law-keeper Blues.

 

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WHO WANTS TO TIME TRAVEL THIS SUMMER?

Since this year’s Summer Reading Club is science-related, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s marketing campaign is based on the science of time travel, thanks to sponsor Salin Bank and inspiration from Doctor Who. All prizes are Doctor Who-related, by the way, you Whovians.

 

TIME FOR LIBRARY FUN CONTEST

With our TIME FOR LIBRARY FUN contest, there will be a “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space,” aka TARDIS, at KHCPL Main (220 N. Union St.) and KHCPL South (1755 E. Center Rd.). Each is different on the inside. In addition, there will be a TARDIS tent shared between the Adventure II and Discovery II bookmobiles, and at KHCPL Russiaville, there will be a TARDIS door front.

 

People are invited and encouraged to stand inside or outside a TARDIS and take a creative selfie. Then post the selfie on KHCPL’s Facebook page along with the following information:

 

•To what date (choose a specific day such as Sept. 17, 1787, or just a timeframe such as 3,000 B.C.) are you using the TARDIS to travel back or forward in time?

•Why did you choose the date?

•Who would you like to meet there?

•What would you like to do while there?

 

For example, perhaps you have a quilt made in 1870 by your great-great-grandmother, so you want to travel back in time to get to know her and learn about quilting as your great-great-grandmother sews. In that case, dress in 1870 attire or bring the quilt or a photo of your great-great-grandmother to hold up in the selfie with our TARDIS. 

 

Maybe you would have loved to have been on Apollo 11 for the historic trip and joined astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. Don a homemade astronaut helmet or moonwalking shoes and snap a selfie inside our TARDIS.

 

Maybe you want to be aboard the Star Trek Enterprise on December 29, 1967, when the Tribble episode aired. Dress up like Capt. Kirk or Spock or create a Tribble to include in the selfie.

 

Get the picture? (Pun intended.)

 

You can enter more than once. Just change the destination date and location and reason for traveling through time. In fact, we’d love it if you’d take a selfie with each of the four TARDISes.

 

Participants need not be card-holding patrons of KHCPL or from Kokomo/Howard County, Indiana. 

 

There will be a weekly prize based on a random drawing of all photos taken and posted to the KHCPL Facebook page. Here are the entry deadlines for all eight weeks.

•Week 1 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, through 5:59 p.m. on June 16. 

•Week 2 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 16, through 5:59 p.m. on June 23. 

•Week 3 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 23, through 5:59 p.m. on June 30. 

•Week 4 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, through 5:59 p.m. on July 7. 

•Week 5 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7, through 5:59 p.m. on July 14. 

•Week 6 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, through 5:59 p.m. on June 21. 

•Week 7 — 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 21, through 5:59 p.m. on July 26. 

 

Each weekly winner will be contacted via instant message on Facebook, and arrangements will then be made for the winner to pick up the prize. When the prize is awarded, a photo of the winner and the prize will be taken and posted on the KHCPL Facebook page.

 

The names of all of those who submit selfies will be entered into a grand prize drawing to take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 28. The grand prize winner will be contacted via instant message on Facebook, and arrangements will then be made for the winner to pick up the prize. When the grand prize is awarded, a photo of the winner and the prize will be taken and posted on the KHCPL Facebook page.

 

Questions? Please contact Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, at 765.626.0807 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

SOME OF THE PRIZES ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5YUKsI5LFc

Yeah. We may have to get more batteries for this before we give it away as a prize during the TARDIS-themed TIME FOR LIBRARY FUN CONTEST with Doctor Who prizes.

 

 

 

 

Here is a complete list of prizes ...

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