Medical Information

BCPL Resources

    Affordable Care Act

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to have qualifying health coverage by January 1, 2014. In preparation for this, a health care exchange (a place where consumers can purchase subsidized health insurance coverage) will be available beginning October 1, 2013. Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014.

    BCPL has free internet access you can use to learn more at Kentucky's Healthcare Connection, kynect. Our reference staff can help you navigate the websites or sign up for an e-mail address (required for online applications). Call the Reference Desk at 543-7675 ext. 4 to set up a one-on-one computer class.

    Selected Links

    MedlinePlus - Medical information database from the National Library of Medicine.

    AARP Health Tools - Includes a BMI Calculator, Drug Interaction Checker, Doughnut Hole Calculator, Pill Checker, and more.


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Credible information on data and statistics, diseases and conditions, healthy living, etc.

    Family Doctor - A federal government Website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Find insurance options, learn about prevention, compare care quality, get healthcare law facts, etc.

    Health Care Information Center (

    Health Finder (U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services)

    Hospital Compare ( - Information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received.

    Living Will

    Medical Organizations

    Medicare & You (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    Merck Manuals

    National Center for Health Statistics (


    RxList - Internet drug index.

    State Health Facts


    What's in the Food You Eat? (USDA) - Search tool to view portion sizes and nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S. If you type in "cheeseburger," results include menu items for popular restaurants, such as Jerry's, McDonald's, Wendy's, Hardee's, Burger King, and White Castle.