KHCPL News

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

converStations at KHCPL

When patrons visit the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library on Mondays and Tuesdays, they’re going to notice something different: ConverStations. 

 

“This community is home to a lot of talented people,” said Lisa Fipps, KHCPL Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “In addition, we have patrons filled with curiosity who want to learn and try new things. As a public library, KHCPL is in a perfect position to pair the two so that ideas, creativity, and knowledge can be freely exchanged.”

 

Starting on March 3, every Monday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at KHCPL Main, 220 N. Union St., the library will set up a station for an artist, hobbyist, or expert (e.g. someone who knows how to make fish lures, knit, braid hair, upcycle, build dollhouses or model cars, arrange flowers, repair small appliances, etc.) The person will have completed projects on display as examples and will work on a project while at KHCPL. The same person will be at KHCPL South, 1755 E. Center Rd., from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that week on Tuesday.

 

“While the artist, hobbyist, or expert works on a project, patrons are not only allowed to but are also encouraged to observe, ask questions, and engage in a conversation. Having a conversation at a station equals a ConverStation,” Fipps explained.

 

A ConverStation is not meant to provide a place for the artists, hobbyists, and experts to sell items they make. 

“Although the ConverStationalist will be allowed to have business cards or flyers at his or her station, each ConverStation will be all about education, culture, sharing information and ideas, and expressing creativity,” Fipps said. “However, to thank the ConverStationalists for partnering with us so we can offer this to the community, once a quarter KHCPL will host a bazaar where they can sell what they make.”

 

“We’re experimenting with using our facilities in new ways,” said KHCPL Director Faith Brautigam of the ConverStations. “When asked how they envision our library in the future, an employee suggested that visitors should expect the unexpected. ConverStations are one step down that path.”

 

If you are interested in being a ConverStationalist, call Fipps at 765.626.0807 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Here is the ConverStation schedule for KHCPL Main and South for March and April.

 

March 3 and 4 – Feel free to stop by and talk to Mindy Hancock, of Warmly Woven, to learn more about crocheting. 

 

March 10 and 11 – Cara Retz of Wildtree will have a make-and-take snack station and share tips for making quick, easy, tasty, and nutritious meals. 

 

March 17  Rita Bates of Bee's Duct Tape Flowers demonstrates how to make flowers out of duct tape.

 

March 18 – Marian Cable and Emily Roark of the Howard County Master Gardener Association will share tips about gardening.

 

March 24 – Holly Dewitt of My Sticky Business turns Duck tape into wallets and more. She’ll answer your questions so you can get started on Duck tape crafts.

 

March 31 and April 1 – Adrienne Akers Partlow of Birdbrain Creations demonstrates how to upcycle kids’ clothing, turning onesies into dresses, for example.

 

April 7 and 8 – Jessalyn Pitzer of Avocation Creations makes hair ribbons, perfect for kids, teens going to prom, or weddings. Save money and learn how to make hair ribbons yourself.

 

April 14 and 15 – Sacha Teague, of the Howard County Recycling District, will have a dollhouse set up to talk about what can be recycled and what’s toxic and needs disposed of properly.

 

April 21 and 22 – Alison Berghoff of There Is a Season will talk about sewing, including how to incorporate previously used material into new projects. 

 

April 28 and 29 – Bill and Wilma Tyler, members of the Hoosier Leather Guild, will be working on projects. Watch and see the tools, materials and techniques used in leather crafting.

 

May 19 and 20 – Patricia Weitzel, Handmade Creations For You, demonstrates a die cut machine for scrapbooking and other uses, along with paper crafting.

 

TBA - Cristi Brewer-Allen of Frugal Fever turns old textiles, plastics, glass, paper, and metal into new works of art. She’ll talk about upcycling to those who stop by the ConverStation. (Upcycling is finding a way to reuse discarded objects and materials to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.)

Dine Out and Help Out

Help us provide the community with the best possible Summer Reading Club by dining at the restaurants listed on the flyer below on the set dates and a portion of your sales will go to support the SRC. You must have and present a voucher when you go to each restaurant. Pick up vouchers at any KHCPL location. THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

 

 

YOU Are Invited: Downton Kokomo Ladies' Tea

If you love Downton Abbey, you won’t want to miss the KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies’ Tea from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Elliott House, 1216 W. Sycamore St., next to the Seiberling.

 

We invite ladies 13 and older — you and your mom, aunt, sister, grandma, daughter, coworker, etc. — to enjoy fresh made petite chicken salad croissants, blueberry cream cheese stuffed cucumbers, butterfly raspberry jam sams, shortbread dunkers, lemon caper shrimp cocktail, feisty feta bruschetta, stilton-pear salad, English cottage pie, fresh fruit and custard truffle, fresh brewed Georgia peach iced tea, strawberry lemonade with fresh squeezed lemon and strawberries, and Earl Grey, English rose, ginger peach, and Constant Comment hot teas. 

 

We encourage you to get in the Downton Abbey spirit and come dressed in period costume or wear a period hat because there will be a Downton Abbey prize for best costume and one for the best hat. 

 

There will be entertainment by Pianist Mike Buck, Downton Abbey door prizes, and more. Thanks to our sponsors: Howard County Historical Society, Elite Banquet & Conference Center, and Palmer’s Jewelry. 

 

Tickets are $10 each. Seating is VERY limited so we encourage you to purchase your tickets ONLINE today at Event Brite. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/khcpl-downton-kokomo-ladies-tea-tickets-11268681931?aff=es2&rank=2&sid=ba52ea82c56211e3995c22000ae901a9

 

 

You can purchase tickets in person at KHPCL Main, South, and Russiaville starting on Friday, April 18.

 

For more information, call Director of Marketing and Community Engagement Lisa Fipps at 765.626.0807 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .