Health Care Guide

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health careSources of healthcare coverage

These are links to sites that can help you find and obtain healthcare coverage and insurance.

Covered California is the marketplace for health insurance in California as well as the primary source of information about how the ACA is implemented for California residents and businesses.  For more information about the ACA or information for states other than California, the official websites for the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace 

Covered California EN ESPAÑOL


Are you turning 65 and need to enroll in Medicare? Are you a Medicare member with questions about Medicare? Visit Medicare for information about how to enroll and important dates to know.

Medigap - Medicare Supplemental Insurance Information

Weiss Ratings provides ratings and reports on financial and stock opportunities, as well as Consumer Guides rating for various insurance companies and the valuable Medigap tool detailing Medicare supplemental insurance options and more.  (Library card is required to access the database outside the library.)

Social Security Express

You access Social Security Express to apply for benefits, get your Social Security Statement, request a replacement Medicare card, learn what to do if your Social Security Card is missing, get a 1099/1042 tax form, change your address for SSA, and more.

Sources of Local Health Assistancehealth care

Help you find nearby resources with low or no-cost assistance.

Ventura County Healthcare

For Ventura County residents – get information about the latest in health news, as well as connection to health services, help paying for care, and locations of local clinics, visit Ventura County Healthcare Webite.

California Mental Health Services Authority

The California Mental Health Services Authority provides information for accessing assistance programs for mental health programs, early intervention, and suicide prevention.

Sources of Online Health Information

Help you find trusted online resources

For health resources in our Virtual Library

Including always-available ebooks on specific diseases, treatments and help in managing your wellness

(Library card is required to access the databases outside the library.)

online health resources

For reliable Help and Heath Information on the Internet

My Healthfinder -can help you to find reliable information related to your age and/or condition.

KidsHealth - provides Childhood infectious diseases and children's health for parents, children, and professionals.

TeensHealth - offers teens for honest, accurate information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up.

NIH Senior Health - National Institute on Aging provides basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

MEDLINEplus Health Information - A service of the National Library of Medicine. Provides health and drug information, directories for physicians, hospitals, etc.

PubMed Central - A free full-text archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

National Institutes of Health - contains A-Z index of NIH health resources, clinical trials, MedlinePlus, health hotlines, current medical news, Grants & Funding opportunities, research training & scientific resources, Institutes, and Centers & Offices. Includes link for information in Spanish.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline - provides links to health programs and services administered by HHS, including prevention and wellness services.

Find information about your Doctor

Medical Board of California
State of California agency that licenses medical doctors and investigates complaints. Verify the medical credentials of your healthcare provider using their simple search.

Drug Information on the Internet

PDR – online information on Prescription drugs, including recalls, warnings, and alerts. This also includes patient information and descriptions of medication.

Researching Misinformation and health scams on the Internet

Quackwatch is a non-profit organization that combats health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Original research with qualifications of writers given. Defines quackery; presents information on questionable products and services.