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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


PHILADELPHIA, November 1, 2016—The Free Library of Philadelphia is again pleased to 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, 2016 through January 31, 2017. 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.

This year, the Free Library is partnering with three federally funded health agencies that will provide this service in Philadelphia: Cognosante, the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Health Access Network.

“The Free Library understands that healthy individuals lead to healthy communities, and we are pleased to help facilitate the process of getting people covered,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director.

Individuals seeking help with their insurance applications should find their neighborhood library below and contact the partner listed to make an appointment with a trained assister:


  • Holmesburg | 7810 Frankford Ave.
  • Kensington | 104 W. Dauphin St.
  • Northeast Regional | 2228 Cottman Ave.
  • Oak Lane | 6614 N. 12th St.
  • Overbrook Park | 7422 Haverford Ave.
  • Paschalville | 6942 Woodland Ave.
  • Thomas F. Donatucci | 1935 Shunk St.

Health Federation of Philadelphia: 215-977-7255 or

  • Frankford | 4634 Frankford Ave.
  • Haverford | 5543 Haverford Ave.
  • Kingsessing | 1201 S. 51st St.
  • Whitman | 200 Snyder Ave.
  • Widener | 2808 Lehigh Ave.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network: 877-570-3642 or

  • Cecil B. Moore | 2320 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave.
  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional | 68 W. Chelten Ave.
  • Greater Olney | 5501 N. 5th St.
  • West Oak Lane| 2000 Washington Lane
  • Wyoming | 231 E. Wyoming Ave.

In addition, individuals can attend three walk-in fairs offered at Parkway Central Library, located at 1901 Vine Street. Assisters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This drop-in service will be available on November 4 and December 2, 2016; as well as January 6, 2017.

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

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system, with 54 locations and The Rosenbach, 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. The combined holdings of these renowned collections—which include hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera—inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year. 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