Health Insurance Open Enrollment Questions - Fast Facts
1. The enrollment period started November 1 and ends on December 15. (In prior years, the enrollment period lasted until January 31.)
2. Consumers can find free enrollment help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov
3. Consumers who know they are eligible for financial assistance can shop on the exchange at https://www.healthcare.gov. (Remember: the site will not be available during open enrollment from midnight until 12 p.m. on every Sunday except December 10.)
4. Consumers’ Checkbook, a plan comparison tool that was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance last year, now displays plans for 2018. It allows shoppers to compare on- and off-exchange plans using a variety of factors, including monthly premium and estimated yearly cost. The plan comparison tool is also valuable for those who do not qualify for financial assistance and could be affected by the rate increases necessitated by the Trump Administration’s decision to end payments for cost-sharing reductions.
5. For more information on 2018 rates and additional resources for shopping for health insurance, visit www.insurance.pa.gov
Voter and Election Resources
Candidates, Issues and Voting Access Information
PA Voter Registration -- Register to vote online, review PA Voter ID law, find a polling place, file an election complaint, find election forms and resources
Dauphin County -- Polling places list, voter registration information, election results
PennsylvaniaVotes.org -- Look up a legislator's votes, look up bills, interact with other Pennsylvanians
Vote411.org -- A service of the League of Women Voters, find polling places, includes search by topic online voters' guide
FactCheck.org -- A project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center
OpenSecrets.org -- A nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy.
Snopes -- A shortcut to the politics section of the well known urban legends debunking page.
Dauphin County Emergency Assistance for Disaster Relief
General Emergency Services
American Red Cross South Central Chapter
Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency/ 9-1-1
Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services
United Way of the Capital Region
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Counseling, Information, & Limited Financial Help
Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area
Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church
The Salvation Army: Capital City Region
Pet Emergency Shelters
Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc.
National Emergency Assistance for Disaster Relief
State Emergency Assistance for Disaster Relief
Libraries & Museums
Capital Area Library District
Dauphin County Library System
Dauphin County Law Library - County Courthouse
George T. Harrell Library - Hershey Medical Center
Heindel Library - Penn State Harrisburg
Hershey Public Library
McCormick Library - HACC
Dauphin County Municipalities:
East Hanover Twp
Lower Paxton Twp
Lower Swatara Twp
Middle Paxton Twp
South Hanover Twp
Upper Paxton Twp
West Hanover Twp
Looking for IRS Tax Forms and Instructions?
Due to IRS budget cuts, the IRS will only provide public libraries with these three forms:
A limited number of paper copies of instructions for 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ will be available at The Library.
If you need paper copies of forms or instructions, the IRS provides these options:
- Visit IRS.gov/forms to view and download
- Visit IRS.gov/orderforms to order tax products to be delivered by mail
- Call 1-800-829-3676 to order tax products to be delivered by mail
Visit any of our locations to get the available tax forms (printing or copy fees may apply), or pick up books and other materials to help you complete your taxes. Library staff cannot give tax advice but can help you access the information you need! Or, use some of the helpful links below to complete your taxes.
AARP Tax-Aide prepares tax returns and answers tax questions for low and middle-income taxpayers, age 60 and older. You can contact AARP directly by calling toll-free, 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or by visiting their website.
Pennsylvania Municipal Statistics Tax Report can help you find your municipality and county tax information.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers for taxpayers who qualify.