Navigating Your Healthcare Options @ APL

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Still haven't enrolled in a health care plan? Not sure how Medicaid works? Anchorage Public Library partners with resources in our community to help you and your family find the best options for your health care needs. There are two ways to get help this year - in person and online.

Healthcare Navigators

ACA Open Enrollment is November 1, 2021 – January 15, 2022. United Way of Anchorage Healthcare Navigators are ready to help you by providing free and confidential assistance with:

  • Finding the right healthcare plan for you and your family
  • Applying for coverage at, including applying for financial assistance
  • Renewing or updating your current plan
  • Medicaid and Denali KidCare enrollment

Language translation services are available as needed.

Loussac Library

Join us in the Raven Room on the third floor Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Saturday, November 2 - January 15.

Tuesdays, 2 - 5 PM

  • November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • December 7, 14, 21, 28
  • January 4, 11

Thursdays*, 2 - 5 PM

  • November 4, 18
  • December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • January 6, 13
    *No meetings November 11 and November 25

Saturdays*, 11 AM - 3 PM

  • November 6, 20
  • December 4, 18
  • January 15
    *No meeting January 1

Mt. View Library

Join us Saturdays in the Community Room from 12 - 4 PM.

  • November 13
  • December 11
  • January 8

You may also talk to someone 1-on-1 about your specific health insurance needs over the phone or schedule an appointment. Just call 211 or 800-478-2221 or text GetCoveredAK to 898-211 and a Navigator will follow up. Language translation services are available as needed.

Facebook Live Videos

During Open Enrollment, a United Way of Anchorage Healthcare Navigator and Library Staff will talk about health insurance topics during a series of Facebook Live Events. Links to access the events will be posted below. marketplace application basics

On Wednesday November 10, we went over some of the basics things to know about filling out an application for health care on and answered some frequently asked questions.

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Saving money on health insurance with premium tax credits

On Wednesday November 17, we explained how you can save money on health insurance acquired through the marketplace using premium tax credits.

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All about Medicaid and denali kidcare

On Wednesday, December 1, we reviewed some frequently asked questions about open enrollment. 


understanding health insurance and selecting a plan

On Wednesday, December 8 we discussed some of the basic terminology around health insurance and went over important considerations to keep in mind when selecting a plan.

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if you lose your job-based health insurance

On Wednesday, December 15 we learned what your options are if you lose your job-based health insurance. 

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last chance to sign up - open enrollment ends january 15

On Wednesday, January 12 we reviewed frequently asked questions about open enrollment.