Helpful Elder Care Information on the Web

Patients, caregivers and consumers will find the Internet resources listed below helpful in starting their research on a variety of health-care related issues.

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Patients, caregivers and consumers will find the Internet resources listed below helpful in starting their research on a variety of health-care related issues.

Administration on Aging (www.aoa.gov)

This federal agency is responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and providing information for their caregivers. Its website features interactive tools for finding state and local agencies and organizations that serve the elderly and their caregivers. You can use the "benefits checker" feature to find public and private programs to pay for prescription drugs, rent, health care, utilities and other needs. There is also an Eldercare Locator link for accessing additional resources for older adults and their caregivers.

American Association of Retired Persons (www.aarp.org)

This nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization is dedicated to helping people age 50 and over deal with aging issues. Its website has information on the latest health news, including news about Medicare & Medicaid, health conditions and treatments, health insurance, long-term care, longevity, and drugs and supplements.

California Health Advocates (HICAP) (www.cahealthadvocates.org)

This nonprofit organization's website is dedicated to providing unbiased Medicare and long-term care education and advocacy for Californians. You may also use the site to contact one of their volunteer counselors for questions about Medicare and other health related issues. HICAP is part of the California Department of Aging.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (www.cms.gov)

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services administers the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance programs. Its website contains voluminous information and resources on these programs, as well as how the government is implementing the Affordable Care Act. You can also access a variety of publications and a glossary of medical acronyms.

Center for Medicare Advocacy (www.medicareadvocacy.org)

This national, nonprofit, nonpartisan group's website provides education, assistance, and advocacy for seniors and the disabled in obtaining access to their health care options.

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) (www.fda.gov)

This federal agency's website has information on a wide range of subjects including the safety of medical devices and medications. If you click on the “Drugs” tab, you can get information on specific drugs and side effects as well as how to take and store drugs safely.

Healthcare.gov (www.healthcare.gov)

This Department of Health & Human Services website uses interactive tools for finding an appropriate health insurance plan for you, whether a private insurance plan or a public program. It also has an interactive tool to assess the quality of care you are receiving from health care providers, among other health and insurance related topics.

Medicare.gov (www.medicare.gov)

It is impossible to list everything on this site, but it is the official government site to get information about the Medicare program. You will find information on Medicare basics, applying for Medicare online, how to find and compare drug and health plans, how to appeal a Medicare claim denial and getting your Medicare questions answered, for starters.

Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals (OMHA) (www.hhs.gov/omha)

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, enrollee, or service provider and your claim for coverage or reimbursement has been denied, this is the place to get information on your appeal rights. This site contains information on the five levels of the Medicare appeals process and contains links to other agencies and offices within the U.S. government involved in the Medicare appeals process.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (shipnpr.shiptalk.org)

If you are on Medicare and have questions about it, this nationwide site will help you find local one-on-one assistance and counseling resources. Start with the drop-down menus to find your state and county programs.

Nolo's Medicare & Medicaid Section (www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/medicare)

Visit Nolo's Medicare & Medicaid Section for information on these government programs.

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