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Quality of Care, Health Literacy and Reform
offers information for managing and reducing the cost of care and prescriptions.
State Consumer Assistance Programs
is managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which
provides via Consumer assistance Programs (CAPs) residents of their states assistance
with problems or questions about health coverage. For states without a CAP, some
state and federal government offices may still be able to help you determine your
rights and solve problems.
Medicare Rights Center
is a non-profit consumer advocacy service organization that works to ensure
access to affordable healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities.
Medicare Advantage Plans
are sometimes called “Part C” or
“MA Plans” and are offered by private companies approved by Medicare.
a national non-profit, non-partisan organization whose work at national, state and
community levels is dedicated to achieving high quality, affordable healthcare for
The Community Service Society of New
supports low-income New Yorkers as they navigate the complex health
system. Its CHA (Community Health Advocates) program helps consumers to enroll in
and make better use of their public and private health plans in light of federal
health care reform
The Agency for Healthcare Research and
Health and Wellness
is the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality,
safety, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance
is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare
quality. It has helped to build consensus around important healthcare quality issues
by working with large employers, policymakers, doctors, patients and health plans.
Literacy is defined as the degree
to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand the basic
health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. Government resources
The Maximus Federal Services Inc
is an organization that has partnered with state, federal and local governments
to provide critical health and human service programs to a diverse array of communities.
The Department of Health and
is the government’s principal agency for protecting
the health of all Americans. Its agencies perform a wide variety of tasks and services
including research, public health, food and drug safety, grants and other funding,
health insurance and many others.
The World Privacy Forum
is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest research group, which focuses
its work on health privacy. It provides a consumer –friendly guide to the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
on Medical Record Rights and Privacy
is based at Georgetown University’s
Health Policy Institute, a non-partisan group dedicated to conducting research on
key issues in health policy and health services. The center also aims to raise public
awareness of the rights and responsibilities associated with medical records and
other health information.
Understanding Healthcare Reform
Health Reform GPS
is a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the George Washington
University School of Public Health and Health Services. The website offers information
about the Health Reform Law and continuous background information and commentary
on the actual impact of the law.
Office of the Governor
includes descriptions of Health reform in New York State, how it will benefit
New Yorkers and the progress of implementation in the state. It also has timelines
to show when specific provisions of healthcare reform go into effect.
Connecticut Health Policy Project
is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to
improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Connecticut residents.
Consumer Health Action Network
There are several government sites with information regarding healthy living and
resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and
Centers for Disease Control
is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS). Its mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information and tools
that people and communities need to protect their health – through health
promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new
Office of Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion
operates under the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) and plays a vital role in developing and coordinating a wide range
of national disease prevention and promotion activities.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
is the part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) that is the
nation’s medical research agency, making important discoveries that improves
health and saves lives.
is a site developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and provides information relevant to women’s health issues.
is offered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a resource for health
information for minorities.
The Mayo Clinic
is a non-profit organization, which provides information
and tools for a healthy lifestyle.
Centers for Disease Control
As part of its initiative to prevent chronic
disease and promote health, this site highlights oral health, with relevant links
The Academy of General Dentistry
has designed this site to meet the needs of consumers who have questions
and concerns about their dental care and oral health.
The American Dental Association
provides education on oral health topics from A-Z. It includes condition
overview, patient FAQ’s, treatment options and educational videos.
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Healthcare Resources by State
is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations that
advocates on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities,
and their families.
government-developed web portal offers comprehensive information on disability programs
and services in communities nationwide.
provides nationwide support for those caring for loved ones with chronic,
disabling health conditions. (http://caregiver.com/
)is part of the Caregiver Media
Group, which is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family
and professional caregivers. For those caring for the elderly,(http://www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com/
supplies information on products, services and support groups.