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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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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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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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National Council on Aging

Founded in 1950, the National Council on the Aging is the nation's first charitable organization to serve as a national voice and powerful advocate on behalf of older Americans. NCOA is an innovator, developing programs such as BenefitsCheckUp, Foster Grandparents and Family Friends. NCOA is an activator, working with thousands of its community organization members nationwide to provide needed services to older people. NCOA is a private, nonprofit association of some 3,500 member organizations and individuals that include senior centers, area agencies on aging, employment services, congregate meal sites, faith congregations health centers, and senior housing. NCOA also includes a network of more than 17,000 organizations and individuals including its members, professionals and volunteers, service providers, consumer groups, businesses, government agencies, religious groups and voluntary organizations.

Review Date: July 09, 2008

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

Review Date: January 19, 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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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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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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Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA's mission is winning advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of life-saving and life enhancing new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical/biotechnology research companies. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies – helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Review Date: September 27, 2010

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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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