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Get to Know Your Health Insurance Options

Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace? If your answer is "No", or "What's that?", then you may want to start exploring your options for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace opens October 1st, 2013, but you have until January 1, 2014 to decide what options you want to choose. So, if you're wondering what to do, or if you just want to get more familiar with how this all works, you can visit, the federal web portal for health insurance. On that website, you will see many options under a tab marked "Learn". There you will find information, checklists, videos and other guidance for individuals and familessmall businesses and other topics. Website


Below are a few places to learn more as well (some of these are buried down on the website). We picked these because they provide concise, accurate and understandable information to help you learn how the marketplace works and what the processes are for getting coverage. 

That last link is especially important because you will need to understand concepts such as premiums, deductibles, how much a plan will cost overall (out of pocket maximum), etc.

If you want help signing up for health insurance, there are "navigators" who can assist. In Monroe County, you can call IU Health to set up a time to meet with a trained navigator, who can explain your options and help you enroll. To make an appointment with an insurance marketplace navigator, call the IU Health Individual Solutions office at 812-353-2020 or 1-800-313-1328.The office at 413 S. Landmark Ave. operates from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, though individual appointments may be available outside of those times.

E-Reference Library

Ever wonder whether you are really getting the best info when you search Google? Does your teacher tell you NOT TO USE THE INTERNET when you do research? If the answer to these questions is yes, then try our E-Reference Library!









What is it?

Your library has always been the best place to find reliable, up to date information for research papers, assignments and general interest. We choose encyclopedias and reference books that we know will do the job and we make them easy to get to online. Our E-Reference Library is a great collection of reliable resources you can use from home. If you have a school assignment that requires looking up information on a topic, you should use our E-Reference Library.


How do you get to all this great stuff?

All you need is your library card! You can pick individual books to use, or you can just search across the entire collection. Each article or topical summary provides valuable information AND will give you the appropriate citation from the source. That's important because teachers want to know what reference books you are using and the citation will show them that you used something better than Wikipedia.


But doesn't this count as "using the Internet"?

No. The sources in the E-Reference Library are not available on the open web. These are purchased by the library for you to use. The books included in the E-Reference Library are reliable and reputable sources that have been published regularly for many years. The only difference is that you can use them online!

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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Get real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds.  Reports include analysis written by Morningstar's experts, up to 10 years of financials, bond information, ratios, SEC filings and information on insider actions and institutional holders.  You can also access daily market information, showing the day's most active stocks, complete with links to Morningstar reports on those companies.

Use the Investment Classroom to sharpen your investing skills or to learn new topics. Morningstar offers more than 100 courses on stocks, funds, and portfolio building. Each course can be completed in about 10 minutes and includes a quiz at the end.  You can also use their comprehensive suite of portfolio-planning tools to experiment with hypothetical investment strategies and to learn more about balancing investments and planning for retirement, college savings and more.

All you need to get started is your library card number! Access Morningstar's Investment Research Center any time, day or night, at the library or from the comfort of your own home. Just navigate to the research menu above Research, then click on A-Z Research Tools.

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