Healthcare & Insurance

We all want to be healthy and to see our families grow and thrive. Health insurance is an important way to keep you covered. There are many Americans who are not currently covered by health insurance. If you are one of those individuals, now is the time to enroll. The Library can help!

Table of Contents
COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 News
Healthcare.gov (Health insurance marketplace)
Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)
Free or reduced cost medical/dental care offices
Healthcare Providers
Medical Information Online
COVID-19 Testing
Connecting Kids to Coverage

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org
Visit any library location

Need Health Coverage?

Open enrollment is November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022

Assistance with enrollment is available!
Visit GetCoveredAmerica.org or fill out the form below to make a virtual or in-person appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID Vaccine Series with Robin Vida from St. Joseph County Department of Health (Feb. 2021)
Vaccines Q&A
Vaccine Myths Debunked
Vaccines: Public Health’s Greatest Achievement


FDA.gov: COVID-19 Vaccines
FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates


IN.gov: Vaccine Information and Planning
Find a vaccination site, see the Indiana Vaccine Dashboard, and read the latest vaccine news.
Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccination fact sheet


Indiana COVID Vaccine Sites
To register, click on the icon for your local site and then “Click Here to Register.”

Individuals age 18 and older can register to receive any type of vaccine available. Parents must register and give consent for a 5- to 17-year-old and select a site that offers Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine approved for ages 5-17. Parents may either go with their child to the appointment or provide written authorization that the minor may receive the vaccine if unaccompanied (IN.gov Teen Vaccine Fact Sheet)


How to Be Prepared: What to Bring When You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine (English | Spanish)


What to expect when you get your vaccine


CDC COVID Data Tracker
Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 pm ET


CMS.gov Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Resources
Resources to help you stay informed on CMS, HHS, CDC and other materials and resources available on the COVID-19 vaccine


HHS.gov COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Sharable resources and outreach tools

Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?
Anyone age 5 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Vaccine booster doses have also been authorized by the CDC and FDA. A “booster dose” is another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity).
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

  • People age 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

Booster doses are recommended for anyone 12 or older who received the second Pfizer doses at least five months ago, and anyone 18 and older who received the Moderna doses at least five months ago or who got the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago.

The FDA has authorized administration of a second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for those 50 years of age and older and immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older. The CDC has also updated its recommendations (3/29/22).

Please note that anyone younger than 18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. It is the only vaccine to receive Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for that age group. Proof of age will be required at the time of vaccination.


V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.


Proof of Vaccination
Proof of vaccination is available at Access Indiana. Scroll down to the “Indiana Vaccination Portal” tile, create an account, and download a vaccination certificate.


VaccineFinder.org
Look up your city or zip code, find an interactive map of all the places administering COVID-19 vaccines, and see which ones have vaccine doses in stock.

COVID-19 News

Healthcare.gov (Health Insurance Marketplace)

We all want to be healthy and to see our families grow and thrive. Health insurance is an important way to keep you covered. There are many Americans who are not currently covered by health insurance. If you are one of those individuals, now is the time to enroll. The Library can help.

You don’t have to navigate the enrollment process on your own. Library staff have been trained as Certified Application Counselors. We can help you walk through the entire process or answer your questions about how insurance and the Marketplace work. Appointments are available in-person (at Western or Tutt Branches) or virtually (by phone or Zoom). Appointments available in Spanish. Schedule your appointment here or call 574-282-4646.

Why should you enroll in health insurance?

  • Health care is expensive, and health insurance gives you peace of mind to know that your finances won’t be drained in case of an accidental injury or an unexpected health problem.
  • Health insurance is also a good idea for routine and preventive care, like yearly checkups, flu shots, vision and dental care for your kids, or prenatal appointments.
  • With health insurance you will pay less for doctor appointments, prescriptions, and surgeries.

When do I need to enroll for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Special Enrollment Period is February 15 – August 15. 

How can I enroll?

Do it yourself:

Get help!

  • Schedule a free, in-person or virtual visit with a trained staff member. Schedule an appointment here or call 574-282-4646.

Health insurance can be confusing. Let’s talk about a few common concerns.

  • Health insurance is too expensive for me.
    • 8 out of 10 enrollees got financial help to pay for health insurance last year.
  • I’ve always gotten health insurance from my employer, but I recently lost my job.
    • COBRA is not your only choice. You may find a more affordable health plan at HealthCare.gov. You can apply starting 60 days before your coverage ends and you have until 60 days after coverage ends.
  • Digital Learn Course: Using Healthcare.gov
  • CMS.gov resources for consumers:

News:

Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)

Indiana offers several health coverage options for qualified low-income individuals and families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly with limited financial resources. Each program is designed to meet the medical needs of that specific group of individuals, and each program uses a different set of measures to determine if a person qualifies for that program.

For more information, visit the FSSA website or call 800-403-0864, for information.

How do I apply? 

  • Apply online health coverage here.
  • Apply by phone at 800-403-0864 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
  • Apply by mail (Division of Family Resources PO Box 1810 Marion, IN 46952)
    • Paper applications in English and Spanish are available at South Bend’s Division of Family Resources office located at the Commerce Center at 401 E. Colfax Ave. Suite 375 next to the East Race.

Need help?

  • Call 1-877-GET-HIP-9 (1-800-438-4479) for questions.
  • Call 1-800-889-9949 Hoosier Healthwise for questions about health plan options.
  • Make an appointment with a library staff member to help you fill out HIP forms by calling 574-282-5656 or emailing library@sjcpl.org.
  • Find a health care Navigator

What is the difference between HIP and the federal Marketplace?

Health coverage programs are available from both the federal and state governments. The federal Health Insurance Marketplace holds open enrollment period from November through January. Indiana offers health coverage called the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). You can apply any time during the year. Both Marketplace and HIP coverage have eligibility requirements.

During the open enrollment process using the federal Marketplace, your eligibility for federal and state insurance programs will be assessed. If you are determined to be eligible for HIP, your information will be forwarded to the State of Indiana to further evaluate eligibility.

Free or reduced cost medical/dental care offices

(https://www.freedentalcare.us/ci/in-south_bend)

  • HealthLinc South Bend IUSB Campus
    • Medical – IUSB Vera Z. Dwyer Hall
      1960 Northside Blvd.
      South Bend, IN 46615
      Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Dental – IUSB Arts and Education building
      (Roger S. Pecina Dental Educational Clinic and Afdent Classrooms)
      1002 South Esther Street
      South Bend, IN 46615
      Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Toll Free & After Hours: (888) 580-1060
      Local Phone: (574) 307-7673
      Fax: (574) 234-4705
    • For those who qualify, HealthLinc has a sliding fee discount program to help provide high-quality affordable health care.
  • Heart City Health
    • Scenic: 148 W Hively Ave., Suite 1
      Elkhart, IN 46517
      (574) 350-2500
    • Simpson: 236 Simpson Ave
      Elkhart, IN 46516
      (574) 293-0052
    • Women’s Health: 1545 Cassopolis St
      Elkhart, IN 46514
      (574) 584-2501
  • Heart City Health Dental
    • 2100 Superior Street
      Elkhart, IN 46516
      (574) 970-1937
  • We are not a free clinic. We provide healthcare services for a fee. However, because we are a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are able to offer reduced rates to people without insurance as long as they qualify based on income. Everyone is welcome as a patient.
    • For anyone without health insurance, we offer services on a sliding-fee scale, which means you pay only what you can afford.
  • Cassopolis Family Clinic / Niles Community Health Center
    • Cassopolis Family Clinic
      261 M-62 North
      Cassopolis, MI 49031
      (269) 445-3874
    • Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental (Temporarily Closed)
    • Niles Community Health Center
      • 1951 Oak Street
        Niles, MI 49120
        (269) 262-4749
    • Niles Community Health Center Dental
      • 122 Grant Street
        Niles, MI 49120
        (269) 262-4364
    • Community Health Workers (CHW) are on staff to help patients who are uninsured enroll in Michigan Medicaid, Affordable Health Care Plans, or the Sliding Fee Discount Program.  Patients needing assistance are encouraged to meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.
    • Underinsured?  If you have Insurance with high out of pocket costs, you may be eligible for the Sliding Fee Discount Program.  Patients needing assistance are encouraged to meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.

Healthcare Providers

  • AtoZdatabases contains listings of Healthcare Professionals.
    • From the Databases page, click the link for AtoZdatabases.
    • On the main page, click the Get Started button (bottom left) for 12 Million Healthcare Professionals.
    • Use the headings on the left to search by geography and other criteria.

Medical Information Online

  • MedLine database – Information about health topics, drugs and supplements, genetics, medical tests, medications, dietary supplements, and healthy recipes
    • English and Spanish language resources
    • From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

COVID-19 Testing

Connecting Kids to Coverage

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