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These links can help you find organizations with a broad interest in health issues, often with a unique .ethnic or cultural focus, as well as those that can help with money or legal problems you may have.


  • Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card (CY 2012)
    The PPSG is pleased to announce the release of Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card (CY 2012). This report contains a grade for each state and the District of Columbia, which represents the extent that state policies can support pain management and patient care.
  • Action on Pain
    Action on Pain takes an active role in providing advice and support to both people living with pain and those affected by it’s intrusive effects on daily life. Working closely with other organizations both in the UK and Internationally, the team strives to raise the profile of pain with politicians, NHS Managers and health professionals.
  • AgrAbility Project
    Helps Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions Find Solutions that Change Their Lives. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people working in agriculture are injured or experience the on-set of chronic health conditions that limit their abilities to continue farming.
  • Alliance for Aging Research
    Alliance for Aging Research is the nation’s leading citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence of Americans as they age. The Alliance was founded in 1986 to promote medical and behavioral research into the aging process. Since then, and as the explosion of the Senior Boom approaches, the Alliance has become the voice for Baby Boomer health by developing, implementing and advocating programs in research, professional and consumer health education and public policy.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
    When Seconds Count is the public-focused website of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). ASA designed the site to:

    • Educate patients about anesthesia, pain management and the medical experts committed to patient safety and high-quality care during surgery, procedures and other treatments.
    • Alert patients and policymakers to the importance of patient-centered, physician-led care and the critical role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety.
  • AntidoteMatch 
    Antidote is a digital health company leading a collaborative effort to advance medical research by transforming the way people connect with it – so that breakthroughs happen faster. Their clinical trials search tool, Antidote Match, uses natural language processing, machine learning, and a team of medical experts to help patients find their best clinical trial matches, creating a world of clarity and accessibility for all.
  • APhA Opioid Resource Center
    APhA works closely to monitor, respond and inform our members about opioid use, abuse, and misuse. This site will be updated with new information and resources as they become available.
  • Asbestos.com
    Our mission is to help even the odds for families fighting this disease. We achieve that by providing you and your loved ones the most complete information about mesothelioma, new treatments and support. You’ve come to the right place.
  • Australian Pain Management Association
    APMA’s website aims to offer pain management options and information for people with pain, their families and friends. Health care professionals will also find the site interesting and informative.
  • Buying Medical Products Online (a service of the FDA)
    Information about things to consider when buying medical products online.
  • Cleveland Clinic
    Ranked one of America’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World report.
    The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research and the role each party plays in the process.
  • Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)
    The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) is a public-private partnership to identify practices that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials. CTTI now comprises more than 60 organizations from acrosss the clinical trial enterprise.
  • Couponchief – Savings Guide
    A Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities.
  • Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF)
    Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) is comprised of national leaders and decision-makers from 16 consumer-nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to patient well-being and supporting the use of effective methods for pain treatment. The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) first convened these leaders in March 2014 to organize a collective action effort to benefit people with pain.
  • ConsumerSafetyGuide.org
    We want consumers to be informed. If you are injured or made ill by a product, it is possible legal action is an option. Our site provides information for users of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.If you want to keep up with important information about recalled products and receive case reviews for individuals affected by defective drugs and devices, we can help.
  • Caring4OurKids
    We are a group of parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Recent studies suggest a link between these conditions. We each know how overwhelming it can be when your child is first diagnosed. As well, we understand the daily struggle as well as the joys of raising these very special children. We have come together to curate and create resources that have been helpful to us in the hopes that these will help other parents struggling to care for and to help their children thrive.
  • Danish Chronic Pain Association
    Danish Chronic Pain association features resources and support.
  • Disability.gov
    Welcome to Disability.gov, the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need. Let Disability.gov be your guide!
  • Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops
    The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have jointly published the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years since 1980.
  • Eligibility.com
    Eligibility.com is not the government, or a government agency. We are a private company. But, that’s good! We provide a valuable service to millions of people researching their benefits and eligibility for programs in the U.S. Government programs and their websites can sometimes be confusing. We want to make the process easier for you to understand. Best of all, we never charge for our services. We are a 100% free advocate who has committed to answering every single question asked via our website, social media, and call center. From unemployment benefits to programs for seniors, Eligibility.com has all the answers. Our expert editorial team continually researches each program for updates and new information, and publishes it for you.
  • End-of-Life Nursing Consortium
    The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve end-of-life care in the United States. The project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in end-of-life care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses.
  • Evidence-based Health Care?
    What is Evidence-based Health Care? Evidence-based Health Care (EBH) is a concept of determining a patient’s treatment by combining balanced amounts of scientific evidence, physician judgment and expertise, and patient experience. Scientific Proof + Doctor’s Expertise + Patient’s Experiences = Evidence-based Health Care
  • The Exchange
    The Exchange is a partnership formed to exchange information and resources about health communication and to share multilingual health materials. The Exchange resources and information are open to everyone, but our online library of translated health materials and our forum are for members only. Below, find more information about how our members services work.
  • FDA Voice
    FDA’s official blog brought to you from FDA’s senior leadership and staff stationed at home and abroad – sharing news, background, announcements and other information about the work done at the FDA on behalf of the American public.
  • Fight4rx
    Fight4Rx is a non-partisan grassroots effort of the National Community Pharmacists Association aimed at educating patients about the value of their local community pharmacy. Pharmacists play a role every day in the lives of patients by improving health care while reducing costs. With health care issues taking center stage in Washington, DC, it is vital that patients remain engaged in protecting their access to safe and affordable medicine. Fight4Rx provides you with the tools you need to learn about the changing health care market, and how your community pharmacy plays a key role.
  • Families USA
    Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.
  • FDA
    The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
  • FiscalTiger
    Affording and Paying for Healthcare guide from Fiscal Tiger, a website focusing on providing resources for people to help with their finances. This free guide — with topics ranging from medical bill basics to medical debt resources for veterans.
  • German Pain League
    Resources and Information about Pain in German.
  • Guide to Disability Claims
    If you become disabled and can no longer work, disability insurance plans and government disability programs offer potential sources of replacement income in the form of disability benefit payments. These sources of income can become a lifeline for you and your family should the unthinkable happen. The Complete Guide to Disability Claims, Insurance and Benefits is your one-stop source for disability benefit information.
  • Health Finder
    healthfinder.gov is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder.gov has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder.gov links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.
  • Health Finder – Spanish
    healthfinder.gov is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder.gov has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder.gov links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations, in spanish.
  • Healthy Aging Program
    The Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report, The State of Aging and Health in American 2013.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Resources
    When it comes to weight loss, there’s no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.
  • Healthy People 2020
    Healthy People 2010 challenges individuals, communities, and professionals—indeed, all of us— to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
  • Intercultural Cancer Council
    The Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.
  • International Alliance of Patient Organizations
    International Alliance of Patient Organizations: IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world. Our members are patients’ organizations working at the international, regional, national and local levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. A patient is a person with any chronic disease, illness, syndrome, impairment or disability.
  • International Integrative Medicine Day
    IIM Day inspires worldwide dialog, education, collaboration, research initiatives and programming about medicine that is patent-centered, holistic, economically and environmentally sustainable, and conscious of integrating different global medical systems.
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO)
    An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
  • Know Your Dose
    Know Your Dose – New Campaign on Appropriate Use of AcetaminophenAcetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines. On prescription labels, acetaminophen is sometimes listed as “APAP,” “acetam,” or other shortened versions of the word. When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective, but there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.The Know Your Dose campaign is raising awareness of this important topic by educating patients and consumers on how to appropriately use medicines that contain acetaminophen. [ORGANIZATION] is proud to partner with the Know Your Dose campaign to remind patients and consumers to always read and follow the labels of their medicines and to never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. The campaign’s website, KnowYourDose.org, offers a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the-counter and prescription labels, and more. You Can Help!  We invite you to join with us to spread the word!  Order a FREE Know Your Dose kit to display and distribute information cards and posters in waiting rooms, pharmacies, health centers, and more.  Air the Know Your Dose video in waiting rooms, pharmacies, clinics, and health fairs.
  • KnowYourOTC’s.org
    OTC medicines can help you treat a variety of ailments. Be confident in the decisions you make to use, store, and dispose of your medicines safely
  • Mayday Fund
    Watch this short video featuring Dr. Diane E. Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, as an example of clear communication about health and medical issues.
    The Mayday Fund supported the development of this video to help health care professionals understand the importance of good communication as well as excellent treatment when it comes to pain and palliative care.
  • Mayo Clinic
    Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness. Mayo Clinic staff members work together to meet your needs. You will see as many doctors, specialists and other health care professionals as needed to provide comprehensive diagnosis, understandable answers and effective treatment.
  • MedSun (Medical Product Safety Network)
    Medical Product Safety Network (MedSun) improves FDA’s understanding of problems with the use of medical devices so that the FDA, healthcare facilities, clinicians, and manufacturers can better address safety concerns. The MedSun Web page is a newsletter-based website which provides monthly updates about timely medical device issues that may impact patient safety. This website also provides public access to de-identified reports sent into the MedSun program, in addition to important safety information to MedSun participants and to the national clinical community about reported problems. You will see the current newsletter content on this Web page, or you may visit the MedSun Newsletters page to search past MedSun Newsletters.
  • MedWatch – FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
  • Mexican Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain
    La Asociación Mexicana para el Estudio y Tratamiento del Dolor es una institución formada por médicos, investigadores básicos o clínicos y otros profesionales de la salud.
  • Musical Medical Group for Veterans
  • Military OneSource
    Military OneSource is a valuable tool for military members and their families.
  • National Alliance for Spanish Health
    The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) is the premier science-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on improving the health and well-being of Hispanics. As the nation’s action, advocacy, and research forum for Hispanic health, we push for health care reform that creates the best outcomes for all, ensure accountability, and inform and mobilize consumers. We advocate on behalf of Hispanics, help health and human service providers deliver quality, culturally-proficient care, and promote philanthropy. Equally, we encourage culturally-inclusive research to produce better-informed conclusions and decision making, and advance uses of technology that benefit the environment.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving
    The National Alliance for Caregiving partners with other caregiving associations and groups to provide additional resources to help family caregivers address and cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one.
  • National Black Deaf Advocates
    The mission on the National Black Deaf Advocates is to promote leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and the heard of hearing.
  • National Community Pharmacists Association
    The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains.
  • National Consumer League
    NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.
  • National Institute of Health
    NIH is the nation’s medical research agency – making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
  • National Senior Citizen Law Center
    The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and access to the courts for all.
  • National Urban League
    Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.
  • National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
    The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association unites patients, policy makers, and healthcare, medical and scientific communities to transform lives through visionary support, advocacy, research and education of fibromyalgia and chronic pain illnesses.
  • National Women’s Health Resource
    The not-for-profit National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC) is the leading independent health information source for women. NWHRC develops and distributes up-to-date and objective women’s health information based on the latest advances in medical research and practice.
  • The National Working Group on Evidence-Based Healthcare
    The National Working Group on Evidence-Based Healthcare: Keeping Science Relevant to the Individual. Ensuring appropriate evidence-based healthcare policy through education and advocacy.
  • NeurologyChannel.com
    Information and resources about neurological pain.
  • Painconsortuim
  • PAIN Exhibit
    The PAIN Exhibit is an educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in abject silence.
  • Pain Association Scotland
    Joining a support group offers the opportunity to be listened to, to talk about how you feel, hear how others cope with similar problems and learn actively to control pain. Pain Association offers groups across the country.
  • Pain Concern
    We focus on the UK, providing a helpline,leaflets, and a magazine, Pain Matters. Our most recent project an internet radio programme, Airing Pain, provides reliable information and support that is relevant to all people living with chronic pain. Because these programmes remain accessible as podcasts the information and support is availabe when it is needed. We have already received very positive feedback from listeners in Australia and Europe. Thus, we are sending out information about Airing Pain to a number of international bodies working in chronic pain and hope that you could add a link to your website or perhaps mention the programmes in your newsletter.
  • PainACTION
    PainACTION is a self-management program designed to educate and empower people with chronic pain by offering access to personalized pain management strategies. Features include: an online pain journal to track pain and print reports; information about evidence-based pain treatments and research findings; interactive tools for self-assessment and self-help; peer stories; and the latest pain-related news.
  • Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI-ED)
    The Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI-ED), free access pain management resources, dosing guide, and CME/CEU’s for EDs and EMS.
  • Pathways to Safer Opioid Use
    Pathways to Safer Opiod Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effectivve use of opioids to manage chronic pain.This web-based training allows you to assume the role of 4 playable characters who make decisions – controlled by you – about prreventing opioid-related adverse drug events (ADEs). The characters represent the following roles: primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, and patient.In this behavior-based training using interactive video, you will learn how to:
    Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand and act on information to prevent opioid-related ADEs
    Identify individual risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that place individuals with chronic pain at increased risk for opioid-related ADEs.Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to treating patients with chronic pain
    Demonstrate the ability to combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples
  • PleuralMesothelioma.com
    Part of our mission at PleuralMesothelioma.com is to provide current, reliable data on all topics relating to pleural mesothelioma cancer. We are dedicated to compiling the latest and most up-to-date information on pleural mesothelioma and offer a number of resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer. From treatment options to top doctors and the best cancer centers in the United States, PleuralMesothelioma.com is a one-stop resource for pleural mesothelioma patients and their families.
  • Poison Prevention Week Council
    In 2012, the Poison Prevention Week Council turned 50 Years Old! The Poison Prevention Week Council provides information about the events associated with National Poison Prevention Week, the steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention.
  • Recall Guide
    Recall Guide is a free, non-commercial tool that provides access to information about FDA recalls, warnings, hazardous interactions, and other important information about your prescriptions and medications. Recall Guide constantly monitors over 68,000 over-the-counter prescriptions and medications to keep its users safe and conscious about their health.
  • RecallReport.org
    Recall Report is the web’s leading resource for information about health and safety recalls, including dangerous drugs and associated mental conditions. With dedicated areas of our website for health conditions at recallreport.org/health-information/conditions/, we have more medical information than any other consumer recall website.
  • Returning Veterans to Agriculture Project
    This site is dedicated to gathering and communicating resources for veterans who are interested in returning to or starting careers in agriculture and in rural communities. America’s farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation’s economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow. America needs generations of leaders in American agriculture to continue our position as the number one agricultural country in the world.
  • Samaritan Hospice
    Samaritan is a not-for-profit organization that contributes to the health and well-being of our community. We provide unparalleled services with respect, dignity, and compassion for all people affected by serious, progressive illness or grief. Samaritan is the leader in hospice, palliative care, grief support, education, advocacy and other life-enhancing services.
  • Script Your Future
    Having a serious long-term health problem can take away your chances of a long and full life with your family – if you let it. The Script Your Future campaign is designed to help you take back your future by helping you take your medicine as directed. Script Your Future is here to help people like you manage health problems such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • The Soldiers Project
    We provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts. We see active duty as well as members of activated Reserve or Guard units. In addition, our services are available to the families and other loved ones of service members. We provide help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life. Our services are readily accessible and entirely free of charge. We do not report to any government agency.
  • Thesimpledollar.com/disability-benefits-guide
    TheSimpleDollar.com was created to help people make truly better decisions by clearly laying out their options with content topics spearheaded by leading industry professionals. Because of their unbiased approach, they have been a trusted source for government entities and organization throughout the US.
  • Up and Away
    Up and Away campaign, aims to raise awareness of safe medicine storage among parents and thereby reduce the risk of accidental unsupervised ingestion among young children.
  • VetsinPain
    The mission of the ACPA Veterans Program (VIP) is to assist US Veterans who live with pain.. We recognize Veterans have specific needs and the American Chronic Pain Association has developed a program to provide peer support and education in pain management.
  • We Connect Now
    The website was developed to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment. The WE Connect Now website has been up and serving college students with disabilities since Aprill of 2008.
  • Weight-Control Information Network
    The Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media,and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
  • Your Survival Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel
    Every year more and more Americans are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, and volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, the information on this page will help you to be Proactive, Prepared, and Protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling.


  • American Society of Law, Pain and Ethics
    Offer access to their research projects on pain undert reatment, which have been funded by the Mayday Fund, as well as The Connecticut Statewide Pain Management Study supported by the Donahue Medical Research Foundation.
  • MesotheliomaLawyerCenter.org
    Finding the best legal representation is a crucial part of any asbestos-related case. Mesothelioma and asbestos cases can be complicated. Finding a legal team that specializes in and has experience with these cases is crucial for the best outcomes. A general practice lawyer does not have the knowledge needed to take your case.You also need to choose a lawyer that who makes you feel comfortable and who you feel has your best interests in mind. Choose the professional who will fight for you, educate you about the laws and how they affect the choices you make, and who will keep you up to date as your case proceeds.Perhaps most importantly, a good asbestos or mesothelioma lawyer will have the experience you need to help you determine which path to take to seek justice and compensation. Whether you should file a claim with an asbestos trust fund, start a lawsuit, go to trial with your case, or seek compensation through the Veterans Administration is a tough decision to make without good legal advice. Learn more about finding an asbestos lawyer.
  • Pain and Policy Study Group
    The Pain and Policy Studies Group has issued Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card, which provides a letter grade for each State based on the quality of its policies (laws, regulations, guidelines) which influence pain management. Click here to see how your state ranks.


  • California Help Center at the Department of Managed Health Care
    Californians have the strongest patient’s rights laws in the nation. The Help Center at the Department of Managed Health Care is here to explain your health care rights and help you understand how to use your health care benefits. We make sure that health plans follow the law and address member complaints on time.
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
    The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national non‑profit, non-partisan organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and necessary health care. The Center is headquartered in Connecticut with offices in Washington, DC and throughout the country.
  • Expertise.com
    For many people, owning and maintaining a home is one of the most significant investments they ever make. But for individuals and veterans living with disabilities, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. It’s vital they and their loved ones have access to the best resources about how to make their homes livable and enjoyable. Unfortunately, without access to the right resources, creating a comfortable home can be an expensive task.
  • Families USA
    Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.
  • Low Income Subsidy with Medicare
    This section contains information on eligibility for the Low-Income Subsidy (also called “Extra Help”) available under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.  It includes information on those who are automatically deemed eligible, as well as those who must apply to be determined eligible.  There is also a section on how individuals are re-determined eligible for the low-income subsidy.  Lastly, this section contains a notice to State Medicaid Directors informing them of the reassignment process impacting the Part D enrollment of certain low income individuals in their state.
  • Medicare Extra Help & State Prescription Assistance Programs
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  • Medicaid Prescription Help
    Medicaid is a joint Federal-State program that pays for medical assistance for individuals and families with low incomes and relatively few assets.  Although pharmacy coverage is an optional benefit under federal Medicaid law, all states currently provide coverage for outpatient prescription drugs to all categorically eligible individuals and most other enrollees within their state Medicaid programs.The Medicaid prescription drug programs include the management, development, and administration of systems and data collection necessary to operate the Medicaid Drug Rebate program, the Federal Upper Limit calculation for generic drugs, and the Drug Utilization Review program.
  • Needy Meds
    NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation
    Seek to provide avenues of access to insurance funding for evolving cancer therapies, therapeutic agents and devices deemed medically efficacious by the medical and scientific communities through legislative reform.
  • RxAssist
    RxAssist is a pharmaceutical access information center created by Volunteers in Health Care (VIH), a national resource center for safety net organizations. VIH operates out of the Brown University Center for Primary Care and Prevention, based at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Brown Medical School teaching and research facility located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

This information should not be used as a substitute for necessary consultations with a qualified health care professional to meet your individual needs. Always consult a medically trained professional with questions and concerns you have regarding your medical condition.