APNewsBreak: US libraries to help uninsured Americans figure out new health coverage options

Librarians are being recruited to help people sign up for insurance under the nation's health care overhaul. Federal officials say up to 17,000 libraries will be part of the effort.

The undertaking will be announced Sunday in Chicago at the American Library Association conference. Federal officials released the information early to The Associated Press.

About 7 million people are expected to sign up for coverage in the marketplaces next year. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is developing training materials to help librarians get up to speed on the law's specifics.

The initiative starts Oct. 1 when people will start shopping for insurance on websites where they can get tax credits to help with the cost. Low-income people will be enrolled in expanded versions of Medicaid in some states.