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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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Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is committed to educating and assisting the 140 million Americans covered by more than 707,000 private retirement plans, 2.5 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans holding over $6 trillion in assets; as well as plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and works diligently to provide quality assistance to plan participants and beneficiaries.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

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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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National Center for Health Statistics - NCHS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. NCHS is a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy. NCHS collects data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing. NCHS is a key element of our national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Information and Referral Support Center

The National Aging Information and Referral Support Center provides information and referral systems design and management, service delivery and professional staff development support to state and local aging networks. Training, technical assistance, product development and consultation are provided to build capacity and promote continuing development of aging information and referral services nationwide.

Review Date: April 03, 2014

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides public information materials about the Social Security and supplemental security income (SSI) programs, as well as information on /entitlement to Medicare. Inquiries concerning the Social Security and SSI programs can be directed to the Office of Communications. Inquiries about the Medicare program should be directed to Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Beneficiary Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. At the local level, inquiries can be made to any Social Security office.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is an independent agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government. The RRB's primary function is to administer comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families, under the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts. In connection with the retirement program, the RRB has administrative responsibilities under the Social Security Act for certain benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage.

Review Date: July 26, 2012

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AARP

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: October 24, 2014

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American Fertility Association

The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit organization is a lifetime resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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Amyloidosis Foundation, Inc.

The Amyloidosis Foundation is a non-profit organization that is the result of the merge in 2007 of the Amyloidosis Research Foundation and the Amyloidosis Support Network. With the merge of these two organizations, the missions of both are brought together. The Amyloidosis Foundation continues to support research through the grant program, work towards raising awareness of the disease and helping patients and their families. The mission of the foundation is to increase education and awareness of amyloidosis within the community leading to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

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Be The Match®

For people with life-threatening blood cancers - like leukemia and lymphoma - or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can be someone’s cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry®, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2. Learn more at 1-888-999-6743.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

The Center for Health Care Strategies promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHCS achieve this objective through technical assistance, training, and targeted grant making to state purchasers of publicly financed health care, health plans, and consumer groups. Its program priorities are: improving quality, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and increasing community options for people with disabilities.

Review Date: February 05, 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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Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, MRC has helped people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality care they deserve.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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National Association of Health Underwriters

Founded in 1930, NAHU is a professional association for men and women who are active in the health insurance industry. The association is dedicated to the advancement of those in the health insurance industry through information, education and leadership. NAHU's membership represents all segments of the health insurance business but the nucleus of the organization has always been the salesperson.

Review Date: December 03, 2008

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National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. NAIC members are the elected or appointed state government officials who along with their departments and staff, regulate the conduct of insurance companies and agents in their respective state or territory. The NAIC's overriding objective is to assist state insurance regulators in protecting consumers and helping maintain the financial stability of the insurance industry by offering financial, actuarial, legal, computer, research, market conduct and economic expertise. For more consumer information visit InsureUonline.org.

Review Date: August 13, 2010

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National Committee for Quality Assurance

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to measuring the quality of America's health care. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that includes employers, consumer and labor representatives, health plans, quality experts, regulators, and representatives from organized medicine. NCQA's mission is to improve the quality of health care delivered to people everywhere. To achieve this goal, NCQA's efforts are organized around two activities, accreditation and performance measurement (report cards), which are complementary strategies for producing information to guide choice.

Review Date: October 04, 2011

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Obesity Action Coalition

Obesity Action Coalition is an IRS registered 501(c)3 National non-profit dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. The OAC mission is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Stuttering Foundation of America

The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. We are the largest - and the first - nonprofit charitable organization in the world working towards the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually. We also offer extensive educational programs on stuttering for professionals. The Stuttering Foundation also offers a Spanish language site, La Fundación Americana de la Tartamudez, which can be accessed at: http://www.tartamudez.org/.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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