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Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA’s Primary Health Care Programs have their roots in the Migrant Health Act of 1962 and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established funding for the first community-based clinics that were to become today’s Health Center Program. HRSA has helped fund, staff and support a national network of health clinics serving millions of people who otherwise would have little or no access to care. The National Hansen’s Disease Program, formerly the National Leprosarium, was established in 1921. More recently, the Free Clinics Medical Malpractice Program was established in 2004.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

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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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Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) protects the public health and improves the health of individuals through an array of programs that provide national leadership and direction in targeted areas. HSB oversees the nation’s organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation systems, poison control and vaccine injury compensation programs, and a drug discount program for certain safety-net health care providers. HSB's Organ Donation and Transplantation programs extend and enhance the lives of individuals with end-stage organ failure for whom an organ transplant is the most appropriate therapeutic treatment. HSB also manages Hill-Burton free or reduced-cost care programs.

Review Date: August 02, 2011

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

The Maternal and Child health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers a broad range of programs services to pregnant women, mothers, infants, children and their families — and children with special health care needs. The largest of the programs, the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, includes State Formula Block Grants, Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS), and Community Integrated Service Systems (CISS) projects. Other vital missions include Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Traumatic Brain Injury, Healthy Start, Sickle Cell Service Demonstrations, Family to Family Health Information Centers, Emergency Medical Services for Children, and autism.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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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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National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

The National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH); a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association; is committed, through collaboration, to arrange comprehensive dental treatment and long-term preventive services to needy disabled, elderly or medically compromised individuals through a national network of direct service programs that involve 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,000 volunteer laboratories.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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National Veterans Services Fund, Inc.

Founded in 1978, the National Veterans Services Fund, Inc. (formerly Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization that provides case-managed social services and limited medical assistance to veterans and their families, with a focus on families with disabled children. NVSF, Inc. provides an integrated program of services managed by veterans that include the following: a national hotline for veterans and their families that responds to hundreds of inquiries each month from throughout the country; an extensive repository of free information on topics ranging from the history of the Agent Orange lawsuit to the most recent veterans' legislation; a special fund that offers limited emergency economic assistance and relief for families in crisis; business partnerships that make it possible to secure services and equipment at reduced rates or at no cost for families in need; peer counselors work with veterans who are isolated from traditional social services support and enable family members to work together to determine their own course of action to resolve their problems.

Review Date: October 12, 2011

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NeedyMeds

NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. The mission of NeedyMeds is to make information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost. The NeedyMeds website is the face of the organization. Databases such as Patient Assistance Programs, Disease-Based Assistance, Free and Low- Clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs are the crux of the free information offered online.

Review Date: November 09, 2011

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Rx Assist

RxAssist.org is a comprehensive resource center for patients, providers and patient advocates to find free and low cost medications to help manage chronic diseases. RxAssist is committed to helping all patients find access to the medications they need. With RxAssist, you can research patient assistance programs and download applications, print drug coupons, and find state-run and charitable programs that improve access to care. In the learning center, you can keep current on health care reform issues, connect with other care providers about medication access, and browse the library of fact sheets, how to guides and other publications.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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RxHope

RxHope addresses the needs of millions of people to have an advocate and facilitator in getting their medications for free or at a small co-pay. As an integral part of the Triplefin group of companies, RxHope staff is dedicated to making the patient assistance process as easy and comfortable as possible for the patient, the healthcare provider and the pharmaceutical company. RxHope offers a toll-free hotline that is available to assist you Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Review Date: March 22, 2012

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