Families USA is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. They offer free membership to their Health Action Network, which distributes timely information and mobilizes people for action when appropriate. Their website focuses on such issues as Medicaid and Children's Health Medicare, Prescription Drugs, the Uninsured, Private Insurance and Communities of Color. They also offer helpful support material for health care advocates.
Long Term Care Insurance National Advisory Center is a non-profit organization in existence to educate consumers on long-term care insurance. This is a public service website staffed by volunteers, whose founding volunteer is a former insurance industry professional now retired and living with multiple sclerosis. Their informational website can help consumers avoid long term care insurance frauds, predators, tricks and traps?
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is a national, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care. MRC provides telephone hotline services to individuals who need answers to Medicare questions or help securing coverage and getting the health care they need. Their education department works to teach people with Medicare and those who counsel them about Medicare benefits and rights. Through public policy efforts, MRC brings the consumer voice to the national debate on Medicare reform. For more information, visit their website and fill in their e-mail form or call their New York headquarters at (212) 869-3850.
National Health Law Program has been working for health care justice for low-income individuals for more than 30 years. Their website offers a range of helpful information and advocacy tools. More specifically, they offer the latest in health care news, a large library of useful publications, information on health care court cases and the approval of waivers, advocacy alerts and much, much more.
SafeMedicines.org is the website of the Partnership for Safe Medicines to help you avoid buying adulterated, counterfeit, improperly handled and other unsafe medicines.
Social Security Disability Legal Help This site offers health claims consulting legal help on Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits.
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Health Rights Hotline serves residents of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties in California. The information on their website is designed to help the consumer take control of their health care by helping them understand their rights. Their website features consumer action guides, frequently asked questions, resources and links, and a number of helpful consumer reports. For more information, visit their website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health and Disability Advocates (HDA), located in Chicago, Illinois, advocates for policies that promote economic security and provide health coverage to assure that low-income older adults, children and adults with disabilities lead secure and dignified lives. HDA offers advocacy and information services to consumers. Their website also features information on such programs as Circuit Breaker and Medicaid Buy-in, two programs designed to assist people with disabilities obtain the specialized health care they need. For more information, call (312) 223-9600 (Voice), (866) 584-8750 (TTY).
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Health Care for ALL – Oregon (HCA-O) is working for secure, affordable health care for each and every Oregonian. Local Community Leadership Teams have formed in Portland, Albany/Corvallis, Eugene, and the Rogue Valley. For more information, visit their website or call (503) 777-5216.
Community Advocates offers a Behavior Health/Homeless Outreach with a mission to provide individuals and families with advocacy and services that meet their basic needs so they may live with dignity. Their vision is that they are a community in which each person envisions a future with hope. They were established in 1976. Community Advocates, Inc. is the largest human needs advocacy agency in Wisconsin. They are one of the few remaining community-based organizations of any kind that welcomes walk-in clients five days a week. For more information, contact them at 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 or for assistance, call 414-449-4777.Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. Waisman Resource Center is a collection of several center-based programs that provide information and assistance to individuals who have questions about services and programs related to developmental disabilities and other special health care needs. The Bridges to Work is a collaboration between the Waisman Center, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is promoting systems change efforts that will increase the likelihood that persons with a disability can secure and maintain substantial employment without fear of loss of access to health insurance and other vital supports.
Wisconsin Council on Children and FamiliesHealth Care Policy Recommendations "Improve access to dental and mental health services – Many people who have health insurance are unable to get needed dental or mental health care. The next budget should fund innovative strategies that increasing access to dental care, such as funding public health care clinics that include dental services. The state also needs to approve legislation creating parity for insurance coverage of mental health services. Maintain adequate funding for the state’s health care safety net programs and avoid barriers that deter people from participating – The governor and legislature need to adequately fund Medicaid and BadgerCare and ensure that these critically important health services are not eroded. The budget should not be balanced by increasing premiums and co-payments, because that strategy has been shown to cause low-income people not to get needed and cost-effective treatment. ....
Reducing the number of uninsured families benefits taxpayers and those who do have insurance because it allows the health care system to focus on preventative care, rather than on more costly treatment of people who have already gotten very sick. It reduces the utilization of expensive emergency room care and hospital bad debt, which creates costs that get shifted to those who do have health insurance. "
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