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News from the Reference Desk

Chicago Consumers’ CHECKBOOK now with remote access

You can now access Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook from computers outside the Library if you have an MPPL card. You’ll need to register the first time you use it, but this will give you the privilege to submit reviews for all kinds of local services. It’s kind of like Yelp or Amazon, but you don’t have to write clever reviews, just concise.

The popular Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook contains articles and ratings on a wide variety of local service firms, professionals, and stores. Includes ratings for insurance companies, plumbers, heating and air conditioning contractors, auto repair shops, dentists, doctors and more. The Chicago Consumers’ CHECKBOOK online database also includes their national online Guide to Top Doctors, which lists 20,000 of the top-rated physicians in 35 specialties across the country, as well as their Guide to Hospitals which provides detailed information and ratings of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Steven Browne, Reference Librarian

By Patricia Smolin on October 28, 2013 Categories: Consumer

Electronic Legal Resources

The Library has many ways to help you understand and get a grip on your legal needs.

Web Resources: LexisNexis and Westlaw are both similar in that they provide access to U.S. Supreme Court cases, Court of Appeals decisions, Federal and State codes and regulations. Westlaw is useful because it helps you understand what portions of laws are obsolete. LexisNexis lets you email the documents to yourself or others. However, they also both share the stipulation that they can be accessed only through computers within the Library.

Legal Forms: Whether you need Power of Attorney, divorce papers, to write a will, create a lien or a lease, or thousands of other things, we most likely have it in Gale Legal Forms or Westlaw. You can search and download the forms from home from Gale Legal Forms, but for Westlaw you will have to use computers in the Library.

Program: Legal Research with LexisNexis. On Wednesday November 6 from 7 to 8:30p, a representative from LexisNexis will discuss how to search state and federal cases, statutes, codes and regulations, and law reviews and journals. You’ll get a demonstration of the product’s features, discover search strategies, and have a chance to ask questions.

And of course, Library Staff: Our librarians are not lawyers but can offer limited help using the products mentioned above.

Steven Browne, Reference Librarian

By Patricia Smolin on October 13, 2013 Categories: Legal

Choosing Wisely: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Choosing Wisely is a composite of U.S. specialty societies which represent more than 500,000 physicians.

They worked to develop lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures. Here are practical treatment guidelines, and suggested patient/advocate questions to ask in easy to understand language.

 

By Patricia Smolin on August 28, 2013 Categories: Consumer, Health

Affordable Care Act to Create Temporary Jobs in Illinois

Approximately 800 temporary workers will be needed to help consumers apply for coverage, and will answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace. They will help consumers figure out if they’re eligible for Medicaid or for new tax credits that will help many people pay for coverage.

Job applications are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law’s new insurance opportunities.

Each in-person counselor must complete state and federal training and a fingerprint-based background check to become certified by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The training involves one day of online work and two days of in-person education.

If interested, please apply at: http://workinillinois-healthmarketplace.jobs/

By Patricia Smolin on August 22, 2013 Categories: Employment, Health Care Reform, Insurance, Jobs

CEDA to Help with ACA Health Insurance Enrollment

CEDA Northwest in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be enrolling Illinois residents in new coverage options and affordability programs made available through the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning October 1, 2013.

Residents served will be those without health insurance and/or expected to benefit from the ACA’s expansion of the Medicaid program and provision of financial assistance for the purchase of Qualified Health Plans on the newly created Health Insurance Marketplace.

For more information or to setup an appointment, please contact Jessica Salgado at CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center, 1300 W. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (847-392-2332).

By Patricia Smolin on August 15, 2013 Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Insurance

Affordable Care Act: How to Get Ready

The Illinois Department of Insurance has provided a wealth of materials to help individuals and businesses prepare for the 10/1/13 opening of insurance options under the ACA.  State-prepared General Fact Sheets can be helpful to ready ourselves for the changes coming this fall.

Healthcare.gov, sponsored by the federal government, also has suggested tips to gather information ahead of time.

MPPL and other area public libraries will be offering programs to better inform communities about how the ACA will affect their choices and how to navigate the tools so individuals can make their own insurance selections.

 

By Patricia Smolin on July 31, 2013 Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Insurance

Affordable Care Act for Small Business Owners

The Small Business Administration is offering webinars on the Affordable Care Act for small business owners.   Here is a description of the content:

This free webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include:

•Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them

•Marketplace updates

•Shared responsibility

•Cost containment

•Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law

A question and answer period will follow.

The webinar will be repeated at the following times:

•Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 PM CT

•Thursday, August 8 at 1:00 PM CT

•Thursday, August 15 at 1:00 PM CT

Registration instructions and information about the presenters are in the link above.

By julie collins on July 25, 2013 Categories: Business, Health Care Reform

Fireworks!

Interested in which community is hosting fireworks? The Chicago Tribune published a list of many towns getting ready to celebrate the holiday.

By Patricia Smolin on July 2, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

TV Demographics

Interested in who watches which cable channels? An excellent source for channel profiles and network summaries is CAB, The Cable TV Advertising Bureau.

By Patricia Smolin on June 17, 2013 Categories: Television

Civil War Images from The New York Times

The American Civil War occurred 150 years ago yet images of its battles remain provocative.  They remind us of what war is really like and how its wounds can resonate for decades.  The New York Times has created a video of still photos which are available in historical archives.  The link to this video is http://nyti.ms/10v0FpL.

By Patricia Smolin on May 25, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History