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Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging, who reports directly to the Secretary.

Review Date: July 28, 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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Grants.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Grants.gov was established as a governmental resource to improve government services to the public and helps organizations find, apply and succeed at accessing federal funding. The web site is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. The self-help web portal (iPortal) is an entry point to live 24 hour assistance. Grants.gov features 10 requested help topics, a searchable knowledge base (400 answers to common issues), self-service help ticket generation, live one-on-one help via web chat (available 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET) as well as alerts and important updates.

Review Date: October 28, 2011

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National Science Foundation

This is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering. The Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. NSF accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

Review Date: December 04, 2008

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U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.

Review Date: September 14, 2010

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American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund was founded in 1971 to save the life of one person who needed help paying for dialysis. Forty years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct, treatment-related financial assistance to people in the United States who are living with chronic kidney disease. In 2010, AKF provided treatment-related financial assistance to more than 101,000 dialysis patients nationwide. The work of the American Kidney Fund goes beyond financial assistance. It is also AFK’s mission to provide health education to people with, and at risk for, kidney disease.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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American Society of Clinical Oncology

This nonprofit professional organization represents more than 15,000 cancer professionals worldwide. ASCO offers scientific and educational programs and a wide range of other initiatives intended to foster the exchange of information about cancer. The Society also provides resources online for cancer patients, doctors and researchers.

Review Date: August 28, 2008

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Better Hearing Institute

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Founded in 1973, BHI is working to (1) erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss (2) show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans (3) promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved. BHI uses the media, the web site and other communications forums to give the facts about hearing loss and promote better hearing; produces and disseminates educational materials; conducts authoritative research on the incidence of hearing loss, the benefits of treatment, the consequences of ignoring it and related topics; operates a call center for consumers who have questions about hearing loss. (Call 1-800-EARWELL.)

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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Brave Kids

Brave Kids has helped millions of children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses and disabilities since 1999. Brave Kids is the national non-profit organization that serves children with special needs by providing resources, emotional support and medical information. Brave Kids was founded by Kristen Fitzgerald after the loss of her two children to catastrophic illnesses. Its mission is to help children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities, by connecting them to medical information and resources such as financial assistance, camps, support groups, dental assistance, child care and health services.

Review Date: May 19, 2011

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Cancer Care

Cancer Care is dedicated to helping people face the many challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Care provides free professional support services including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help to people across the country. Since its inception in 1944, Cancer Care has offered help and hope to thousands of people with cancer, their family members and friends, as well as healthcare professionals. Cancer Care's services are available to people of all ages, with all types of cancer and at any stage of the disease. All services are provided by professional oncology social workers in three ways: online, on the telephone and face-to-face at Cancer Care locations.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc.

The association raises funds on the national level to provide financial aid for the medical expenses of leukemia patients and funds research to help find the causes of and cures for leukemia. Patient financial aid is available for drugs, lab fees, blood, x-ray therapy, and other expenses not covered by insurance. Patients applying for aid must submit applications and letters of diagnosis from their doctors.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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FACES: The National Craniofacial Association

FACES: The National Craniofacial Association is a non-profit organization serving children and adults throughout the United States with severe craniofacial deformities resulting from birth defects, injuries, or disease. There is never a charge for any service provided. FACES provides financial assistance for expenses incurred while traveling away from home to a craniofacial center for reconstructive surgery and/or evaluation, based on financial and medical need of the family. FACES furnishes information about craniofacial centers and publishes a brochure which further details the scope of our organization. FACES provides referrals to other available resources and organizations, maintains up-to-date information on specific diseases or birth defects, and assists in getting families in touch with other families who have a child with the same disorder.

Review Date: May 31, 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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Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America, founded in 1979, seeks to educate people with hearing loss and the public about hearing loss and its management, and to promote the interests of people with hearing loss. The Association provides self-help programs, technical information, social activities, and referrals on the local chapter level; conferences, an annual convention, advocacy, research, publications, referrals, a bi-monthly journal and an information center on the national level. Advocacy and research efforts are directed at the improvement of hearing technology, the development of alternate communication skills, and the prevention of deafness.

Review Date: August 31, 2010

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HelpHOPELive

HelpHOPELive (formerly, the National Transplant Assistance Fund) helps families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation (solid organ, bone marrow, stem cell or tissue) and catastrophic injury (spinal cord, traumatic brain and/or amputation). Established in 1983 by medical professionals, NTAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania, that provides expert fundraising guidance to patients, families and communities nationwide, while offering fiscal accountability for funds raised.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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ManageCancer.org

ManageCancer.org is a service provided by Christina’s Garden, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to assist those battling cancer. Their free cancer resource website provides cancer patients and their loved ones with information and links to valuable resources to assist with finances, medication and doctor schedules, communication, support, assistance, education, travel, housing and more. They also provide suggestions on ways that loved ones can help.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

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Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) functions to ensure that no financially needy patient is denied access to essential distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or care for lack of a means of long-distance medical air or ground transportation. MMA provides a means of charitable or charitably-assisted long-distance patient (and escort) transportation via private aircraft, commercial airlines, fixed-wing long-distance air ambulance and ground transport.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

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Miracle Flights for Kids

Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights for Kids® is a national, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low income very sick children overcome financial obstacles that prevent them from accessing proper medical care and second opinions. Miracle Flights for Kids® strives to forge the necessary alliances with sponsors and corporations to provide the means to get sick kids to and from treatment. Miracle missions are coordinated by purchasing commercial airline tickets for sick kids and their parents.

Review Date: November 14, 2011

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Mobility Unlimited, Inc.

Mobility Unlimited began operations in June 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of physically disabled individuals in all communities by helping them gain greater mobility and independence.

Review Date: December 11, 2008

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Modest Needs Foundation

Modest Needs exists to prevent otherwise financially self-sufficient individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty, when this might be avoided with a small amount of well-timed financial assistance; to restore the financial self-sufficiency of individuals who are willing to work but are temporarily unable to do so because they do not have the means to remit payment for a work-related expense; to empower permanently disadvantaged individuals who otherwise live within their limited means to continue to live independently, despite a temporary, unexpected financial set-back; and to strengthen small non-profit organizations by providing a forum whereby such organizations can apply directly to the general public for the help they need to complete the relatively inexpensive projects that will allow them to better serve their clients and the communities they exist to serve.

Review Date: March 30, 2011

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National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities (LD) have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD carries out its mission by (1) providing essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with LD; (2) promoting research and programs to foster effective learning; and (3) advocating for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD created Parent Center, a comprehensive resource section for parents of a child with LD or for parents who suspect their child may have a learning disability. The goal of the Parent Center is to empower parents with the information and tools they need to become informed and effective advocates for their children, both at home and at school.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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National Organization for Rare Disorders

The National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD) is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service. Office hours are from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST. Voice mail is available. NORD's web site also includes a searchable version of the Rare Diseases Database (RDB). There are also additional NORD databases you may access.

Review Date: December 28, 2010

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NIH National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that compose the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. It coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

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Patient Access Network Foundation

Patient Access Network helps commercially and federally insured patients with copayment obligations associated with their healthcare treatments. Since 2004, Patient Access Network has helped over 80,000 patients by providing nearly $119 million in financial assistance. PAN provides individual grants of $1,500 to $10,000 annually to cover co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance for underinsured patients. Funds are provided to assist patients with a variety of diseases and conditions, including: Cystic Fibrosis, Gaucher Disease, Hepatitis B and C, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Thyroid Cancer.

Review Date: September 06, 2011

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Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. PAF provide effective mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

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RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. RESOLVE is a member of the National Coalition for Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (NCOART), the National Health Council and is a founding member of the International Federation of Infertility Patient Associations (IFIPA). RESOLVE will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable state or federal law.

Review Date: January 20, 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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Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals is a network of 22 pediatric speciality hospitals that provide free orthopaedic and burn care to children under the age of eighteen. There are 18 orthopaedic Shriners Hospitals, three Shriners Hospitals dedicated to treating children with burns and one Shriners Hospital that provide burn and spinal cord injury care. The Hospitals accept neither government funds nor insurance monies; all care is paid for entirely by Shriners Hospitals. Shriners hospitals serve as a valuable resource for families whose children need specialized expert care but who cannot afford it.

Review Date: March 20, 2011

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