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Librarians to aid with federal health law

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CHICAGO — The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 US libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law. The undertaking will be announced Sunday, according to federal officials who released the information early to the Associated Press.

The initiative starts Oct. 1, when people without health coverage will start shopping for insurance online on new websites where they can get tax credits to help pay the cost. Low-income people will be enrolled in an expanded version of Medicaid in states that adopt it.

Libraries equipped with public computers and Internet access serve as a bridge across the digital divide.

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