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Getting Good Healthcare
U.S. Blue Pages-Your online guide to U.S. government
If you have a question that a federal agency can answer, you can look here as your first source of phone listingsSearch listings by state, city, area code, agency or service, and keyword.

Benefits Check Up
Service of The National Council on AgingGet all the benefits you deserve. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs. Your Benefits Connection is a partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision - to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs.Are there government benefit programs available to help you? will help you answer that question. Our online screening tool is free, easy-to-use, and completely confidential. We do not require your name, phone number, Social Security number, or any other information that could be used to identify you. You answer a series of questions about yourself, and then returns a list of government benefit programs you may be eligible to receive along with information about how you can apply.

Medicare/Medicaid and Home Health Care(pdf file)

The DRM Web Watcher
- a complete index of resources covering all kinds of disabilities

From the EFFORTS website-
Tips for receiving assistance from various sources

PPARX - The Partnership For Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Needy Meds-
NeedyMeds is the best source of information for people who need help with the cost of medicine and other healthcare expenses. This site is like the Yellow Pages. They do not supply medications or financial assistance but do provide information so you can find programs that will help you.

GSK believes people in need should be able to get their medicines.If you don't have drug coverage, here are programsthat may help you to save on your prescription medicines

Merck Helps
The patient assistance program, prescription discount program and information about medicare prescription drug coverage

Sight Services from the Lions Club International
Vision screening, glaucoma screening, macular degeneration, cataracts,

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Center for Disease Control provides low-income, uninsured, and underserved women access to timely, high-quality screening and diagnostic services, to detect breast and cervical cancer at the earliest stages, through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).Locate a clinic near you through this site.

Preparing for a Visit to the Doctor
from National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Tough Questions and Issues to Bring up With My Doctor

Quick Tips when talking to your doctor-
Reearch has shown that patients who have good relationships with their doctors tend to be more satisfied with their care - and to have better results. Here are some tips to help you and your doctor become partners in improving your health care.

Kevin Shrake's 10 Tips for Preventing Medical ErrorsMake Sure Your Health Care Isn't Hazardous to Your Health
We've all heard news reports about the number of medical errors that take place in the United States every year. And we'd all have to agree: when it comes to your health, there's no such thing as being too safe. But how can you know what's safe and what's not? According to Kevin Shrake, registered respiratory therapist and chief operating officer of the AARC, you are your own best "ounce of prevention."

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team

Senior Educators - navigating medicare
Senior Educators' Guide to Medicare Insurance Options

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