Health Resources

Health Insurance/Affordable Care Act Information

From the Maine State Library:
What you need to know about Health Insurance

From Portland Public Library:
Understanding the Affordable Care Act

Other Health Resources

medlineplus – “MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.”

“You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.”

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Try some suggestions.

Merck Manuals
Free online editions of one of the most widely used, comprehensive resources for independent medical and health information. Choose from professional and consumer editions.
          This website contains resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring together the most reliable health information on the Internet. comparisons of doctors and hospitals and and links to health resources. Get Better Maine is a partnership of the following non-profit entities: The Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation, Maine Quality Counts, and the Maine Quality Forum. this tool to find out what you can do to improve your health and stay well. Assess Your Health Risk quickly and receive 3 reports that will help you take action and find local support. Learn where and how to find low cost healthcare services.Senior HealthThis easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Useful the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.KidsHealthKidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.Alternative Medicine/Complimentary HealthResearch-based information from A-Z (acupuncture to zinc); information on complementary and alternative medicine; and how to find out what is safe and effective.

Evaluating Health Resources on the Web

How to Find Information Online: Health Information for Older PeopleGet help searching for and finding health information online.National Library of Medicine on evaluating health information“How can you tell the good from the bad?” Also the ability to sign up for health updates by email.Finding Reliable Information: American Academy of Family PhysiciansQuestions to “ask yourself to avoid unreliable health information when you re surfing the Web”MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web SurfingSuggestions on what should people look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites.Evaluating Medical Resources on the WebThe number of websites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading. This short guide contains important questions you should consider as you look for health information online. Answering these questions, when you visit a new site, will help you evaluate the information you find.Vaccines: Evaluating Information on the WebAre you confused by the amount of information on immunizations on the Internet? Concerned about the rumors linking vaccines and diseases like diabetes and autism? Below are some tips to help you navigate your way through all of the information available and determine its accuracy.Avoiding “Miracle” Health ClaimsTo avoid becoming victims of health fraud, it’s important for consumers to learn how to assess health claims and seek the advice of a health professional.