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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


Assisters Available to Help Philadelphians Sign Up for Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act

PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 2015—The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to again help individuals sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act by offering free appointments with assisters during the Marketplace Open Enrollment period from November 1 through January 31, 2016. Federally funded expert navigators and assisters will provide guidance at several libraries throughout the city; these locations were chosen based on current information on the insurance needs within Philadelphia. Counselors will also be able to assist consumers who qualify for Medicaid.

Since the launch of the Marketplace three years ago, more than 500,000 people in Pennsylvania have signed up for insurance. The Free Library is partnering with the following organizations to provide this service in Philadelphia: Cognosante, Public Health Management Corporation, The Health Federation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Health Access Network, and Enroll America.

“The Free Library is so proud to aid Philadelphians through the enrollment process and to promote this essential element of health literacy,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “Assisters are here to support and empower customers through this critical process.”

Individuals seeking help with their insurance applications should call their preferred Free Library location from the list below to make an appointment with an assister. The following Free Library locations are now accepting appointments:


  • Bustleton | 215-685-0472 | 10199 Bustleton Avenue
  • Fox Chase | 215-685-0547 | 501 Rhawn Street
  • Greater Olney | 215-685-2846 | 5501 N. 5th Street
  • Independence | 215-685-1633 | 18 S. 7th Street
  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional | 215-685-2150 | 68 West Chelten Avenue
  • Katharine Drexel | 215-685-9383 | 11099 Knights Road
  • Kensington | 215-685-9996 | 104 West Dauphin Street
  • Kingsessing | 215-685-2690 | 1201 South 51st Street
  • Lawncrest | 215-685-0549 | 6098 Rising Sun Avenue
  • Lucien E. Blackwell West Regional | 215-685-7424 | 125 South 52nd Street
  • Northeast Regional | 215-685-0522 | 2228 Cottman Avenue
  • Paschalville | 215-685-2662 | 6942 Woodland Avenue
  • Richmond | 215-685-9992 | 2987 Almond Street
  • West Oak Lane | 215-685-2843 | 2000 Washington Lane
  • Wyoming | 215-685-9158 | 231 E. Wyoming Avenue

In addition, individuals can attend walk-in fairs offered at Parkway Central Library, located at 1901 Vine Street, in Room 108. Assisters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This drop-in service will be available on November 7 and 21; December 12; and January 9 and 23, 2016.

For more information about the Free Library’s Affordable Care Act assistance, please call 215-686-5310.

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The 61-location Free Library of Philadelphia system advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi; and rich special collections, including  those at Parkway Central Library and at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. With more than 6 million in-person and millions more online visits annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.



Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850