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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:
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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

Top 15 Books for HCR 2014

The Howard County Reads Committee is one step away from selecting the book for 2014. It recently announced the top 15 books that are in the running.

 

“We started out with a list of 41 books that patrons nominated,” said Trisha Shively, head of the committee. “We’re excited that so many responded.”

 

Howard County Reads exists to cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community by encouraging everyone from high school students to senior citizens to read the same book.

 

A committee evaluates each title and narrows the list to the top 15 books that are well-written, character-driven, not too long, interesting for a wide variety of readers, and available in paperback. Then the committee chooses one title from the top 15 to be named the Howard County Reads book for the year. The committee comprises staff from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Greentown Public Library, Indiana University Kokomo Library, The Symposium, and the public. 

 

The Howard County Reads book will be selected and announced on Sept. 1.

 

 

Here are the top 15 books, ranked alphabetically and not by popularity.

 

● The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

If the name Fannie Flagg rings a bell, it’s because she’s also the author of the famed Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is considered a comic mystery novel. It centers on the lives of two women —Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Ala., and her mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry — who have to reimagine who they are. Sookie has just married off the last of her daughters. She wants to relax and travel with her husband, but she has to contend with her mother. Others might think Lenore’s fun, but she’s overbearing when it comes to Sookie. By accident, Sookie finds out something about her mother’s past. She questions everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

 

● The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

Television featured the images of astronauts on the moon, making the men stars and throwing their wives into the limelight. They were like American royalty, dining with Jackie Kennedy and on the cover of magazines. All the wives envied Annie Glenn, who had a picture-perfect marriage. But the other wives got plenty of attention. The wives, many of whom were neighbors, formed the Astronaut Wives Club to provide support and friendship. Being celebrities didn’t protect them from tragedies like divorce and death. They rallied together through it all and have been friends for 50 years. The book tells their stories. 

 

● The Battle of the Crater by Newt Gingerich

The book tells the story of the largest combat deployment of African American troops in the Civil War. The 28th Indiana regiment was mostly freemen born in the North who volunteered to fight. The members were highly trained for a top-secret, special mission that Pennsylvania miners came up with: dig under a Confederate fort and blow it up from below. The story is told through the eyes of James Reilly, an illustrator for Harpers Weekly, one of the most important magazines of the time, who has an additional, secret mission when he is on the front lines of battle observing for his sketches. The book tells one of the great, untold tragedies lost in American history. 

 

● The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka

It’s the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as mail-order brides in the 1920s. It traces their lives from the journey across the ocean to their arrival in San Francisco, and from raising children who would later reject the Japanese culture and language to the arrival of World War II. 

 

● Clay's Quilt by Silas House

After his mother is killed, Clay Sizemore, 4, ends up alone in a small Appalachian mining town called Free Creek. Its residents become his family. Even though Aunt Easter puts her faith first, she’s always filled with a sense of foreboding. Uncle Paul makes beautiful quilts. And Alma’s songs from the fiddler wend their way into Clay’s heart. Together, the people of Free Creek help Clay fashion a quilt of a life out of the treasured pieces surrounding him.

 

● Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It’s wartime, and secret agent Verity is arrested by the Gestapo in enemy territory. Her options are grim, to say the least. Nazi interrogators tell her to give them details of her mission or be executed. She tells them the truth, but it’s not what they expect. As she gives her confession, Verity reveals her past: how she became friends with a pilot named Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper she must write to the interrogators, Verity battles for her life. She confronts her views on courage and failure in her desperate attempt to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her?

 

● The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Inspired by actual historical figures, this novel starts with an image of flight: Hetty “Handful,” who has grown up as a slave in early 19th century Charleston, recalls the night her mother told her that her ancestors in Africa could fly over trees and clouds. That image gives her hope that she can one day be free. Meanwhile, near the slave quarters is Sarah Grimké, the daughter of a wealthy and prominent family at the pinnacle of Charleston’s social hierarchy. As a child she sees the violence of slavery and so begins her life journey to have a voice in the world as she fights for abolition and women’s rights.

 

● The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café by Mary Simses

A high-powered Manhattan attorney Ellen Branford is on a mission to fulfill her dying grandmother's last wish: to find the hometown boy her grandmother once loved and give him her last letter. Ellen heads to Maine for a quick trip that’s complicated by a near drowning in a chilly bay Down East. Fortunately a local carpenter rescues her, but her story makes her a local quasi-celebrity. During her stay she stumbles on something in her grandmother’s past that she worked hard to keep hidden. As Ellen learns about her grandmother and herself, she realizes one day in the simple life of Beacon, Maine, might not be enough.

 

● Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman

Howard County residents will recognize the author of this book. Beth Hoffman’s book, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, was the HCR book for 2012. In Looking for Me, Hoffman tells Teddi Overman’s tale of finding her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. As she learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, she opens her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life that is as quirky as her customers. Even though she has great friends and love, she’s haunted by her brother’s disappearance. Signs he might still be alive take her back home to Kentucky. The journey could help her find herself and deal with her shattered family. The only thing is, she has to decide what to let go of and what to keep.

 

● March 1 by John Robert Lewis

Georgia Congressman John Lewis is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. March 1 is a graphic novel trilogy and a first-hand account of the struggle for civil and human rights. It’s a vivid reflection on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

 

● Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Taken from the pages of history, this fiction novel focuses on the 75 years (1854 to 1929) that the so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the East Coast to the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children. They didn’t know their fate as the trains chugged along. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? Orphan Train is about an Irish immigrant orphan, Vivian Daly, who remembers the Orphan Train as she returns later in life to the East Coast. But up in her attic are trunks filled with reminders of her turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer, a Penobscot Native American who has been in and out of foster homes and has been ordered to do community service, is assigned to help Vivian sort through the trunks. As the two work, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t all that different, being raised by strangers and having questions about the past.

 

● Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, N.C., learns that a classmate — socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood — has restored her family's Blue Ridge Madam home and has plans to open an inn. But when a skeleton, found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property, is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the betrayals that once bound their two families.

 

● Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In 2044, reality is ugly with a capital U. The only time Wade Watts, a teenager, feels alive is when he's in the virtual utopia called OASIS. He’s devoted to studying the puzzles in OASIS — puzzles based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past that promise power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. The problem is that when Wade stumbles on a clue, he finds players willing to kill to take the ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win — and confront the world he's desperate to escape.

 

● The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

In 1920, Alaska is a brutal place to homestead, but a childless couple, Jack and Mabel. Childless, do just that. In the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, as Jack struggles with the enormous amount of work to do on the farm, Mabel struggles with loneliness and despair from being childless. During a moment of levity during a snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they catch a glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees: Faina. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims across snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. While Jack sees Mable’s transformation and joy in having a child, he’s skeptical. As the two struggle it understand Faina, they realize nothing is as it seems. What they learn about her transforms all of them.

 

● Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Summer 1963 begins like any other for 9-year-old Starla Claudelle, who was born to teenage parents in Mississippi and raised by her strict paternal grandmother, Mamie. Her grandma fears Starla will turn out like her mother, who left her to become a country music star. Even though Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was 3, she thinks she’ll keep her promise to one day take Starla to Nashville so they can be a family again. When Starla gets in trouble, she’s afraid Mamie will send her to reform school. So Starla runs away, hoping to find her mom in Nashville. Eula, an African-American traveling with a white baby, offers her a ride. By talking to Eula, reconnecting with her parents, and encountering misadventures, Starla learns to let go of her long-held dreams. She realizes family is all about those who will sacrifice all for you, whether bound by blood or by the heart. 

 

For more information, please see the website at www.howardcountyreads.org.