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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers, and through its grantees, health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. HRSA trains health professionals to improve systems of care in rural communities, and oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It supports programs that prepare against bioterrorism, compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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Families USA

This is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans. Families USA works at the national, state and community levels to: manage a grassroots advocates' network of organizations and individuals working for the consumer perspective in the national and state health policy debates. Membership in the network, asap! and its subgroup, the Medicaid Advocacy Network, is free to advocates. It distributes timely information and mobilizes people for action when appropriate; act as a watchdog over government actions affecting health care, alerting consumers to changes and helping them have a say in the development of policy; provide training and technical assistance to -- and work collaboratively with -- state- and community-based organizations as they address critical health care problems in their communities and state capitals; produce highly-respected health policy reports describing the problems facing health care consumers and outlining steps to solve them; conduct public information campaigns about the concerns of health care consumers using sophisticated media techniques that reach many millions of Americans through television, radio, newspaper and other print outlets; serve as a consumer clearinghouse for information about the health care system; help organizations secure public benefits for lower-income people through use of our innovative computerized benefit information services; work in concert with a wide range of organizations -- from business to consumer to health provider organizations -- towards the achievement of health care that is high-quality and affordable for all Americans.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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Foundation for Health Coverage Education

The Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers several health coverage resources targeted at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans. The organization’s most popular tool is its Health Coverage Eligibility Quiz (available on www.CoverageForAll.org)—after answering 5-basic questions, individuals are presented with a personalized list of health coverage options, complete with public program contact information, monthly costs, sign-up checklists of important documents needed to enroll, and applications links.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

This independent health care philanthropy group is focused on four main areas: health policy, reproductive health, HIV policy, and health and development in South Africa. Grants are awarded annually--over $26 million in 1995--and the Foundation's staff review grant applications on a continuing basis. The Foundation also maintains a special interest in health policy and innovation in its home state of California.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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