Mary Ann DeKane
Gale Courses offers patrons access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and much more. These courses are developed by expert instructors, many currently working at universities around the country, and have continuous enrollment dates. Courses run for six weeks with two new lessons being released weekly for a total of 12 lessons. They are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. This is a wonderful resource which will offer our patrons continuing education opportunities that they can access from their home or the library’s public computers.
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas. Each easy-to-read, step-by-step guide is packed with accurate, unbiased information and recommendations you’ve come to expect from Weiss Ratings. Each 50-70 page guide offers a narrative about the subject, what you should look for when choosing a plan or policy, recommended companies to work with and so much more. Plus, each guide includes several helpful Worksheets & Planners to further aid your decision-making process. Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy explanations to hard-to-navigate financial decisions, removing the guesswork and confusion with straight talk and sound guidance.
Can’t make it to the local Secretary of State office? Try Express SOS Connect! Visit Express SOS Connect (created and maintained by the State of Michigan) to do much of your SOS business. What can you do? Here’s an incomplete list (for a complete list, visit the website):
- Renew Driver's License
- Replace Driver's License
- Renew State ID Card
- Replace State ID Card
- Renew Vehicle Plate/Tab
- Renew Watercraft
If you still need an office, here are the Oakland County offices (for non-Oakland County offices, visit the branch locator on the SOS website):
SE Oakland County Plus
13401 W 10 Mile Rd
Oak Park, MI 48237
East Oakland County Plus
1111 E Long Lake Rd
Troy, MI 48085
South Oakland County Plus
5263 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033
You can always call the Secretary of State using the following number: 888-767-6424
Confused about the new health care law? Here’s some information to help clear things up! The Affordable Health Care Act went into effect on October 1, 2013. Here’s a list of websites and phone numbers for help and more information.
For Michigan residents who need to sign up, you must use Healthcare.gov,
- What you need to do/know before you start the process: How can I get ready to enroll in the Marketplace?
- Fill out the Marketplace Application Checklist (PDF)
- And then you can apply online.
If you have problems using Healthcare.gov, you can call the marketplace using this number: 1-800-318-2596 or alternative methods of contact (chat/FAQs). You can also contact a Navigator or Agent (via HICAP, see below for more information).
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) put together a website to answer many of the questions you might have:
- On their website:
For more information on enrolling, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare created a website to help answer your questions:
- Enroll Michigan’s statewide network of Navigators are available to assist you or your small business, at no cost, in understanding your enrollment options. As the name suggests, Navigators assist consumers in “navigating” the Healthcare.gov website where consumers must go to access the tax credits that make purchasing private insurance more affordable.
- A list of federally certified Navigator or Certified Application Counselors for the state can be found on their website as well.
Community Bridges also put together a website to help small businesses/organizations:
- Navigate Health Reform: We are here to provide fair and impartial navigation outreach and assistance with the Health Care Market Place To provide the information and resources necessary to get a clear picture of the market place, the benefits and rights you have to affordable health coverage. We provide culturally sensitive and linguistic friendly services to individuals, employees and employers. We do not discriminate based on age, disability, national origin, race, religion, genetics or sex (gender).
- They are putting on a series of events to help people understand the law.
Do you want to be able to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer? Do you need to find free and accurate legal information? We are pleased to announce the launching of Michigan Legal Help; a tool that will help Michigan Residents find a lawyer, locate Self-Help Centers, Community Services, and Court Information. The website does not provide legal advice, and is not a substitute for having a lawyer, but it contains tools to help you prepare to represent yourself in court and much more.