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Resources, Organizations & Services
re: Medicare

Government Agencies and Resources:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    U.S. federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
  • Medicare.gov (official government site)
  • What is Medicare? (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
    Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities and any age with permanent kidney failure. You must have entered the United States lawfully and have lived here for 5 years to be eligible for Medicare.
  • HHS announces 89 new Accountable Care Organizations (HHS.gov – 7/9/12
    Health and Human Services announced that as of July 1, 89 new Accountable Care Organizations began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C. ACOs are organizations formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to work together to coordinate care for people with Medicare.
  • Stop Medicare Fraud (HHS.gov)
    Fraud costs the Medicare Program millions of dollars every year, and you end up paying for fraud with higher health care costs. The Medicare Program is prioritizing efforts to find and prevent fraud and abuse by working closely with health care providers and strengthening oversight.

Other Organizations, Resources and Services:

  • Center for Medicare Advocacy
    A national, non profit, non-partisan education and advocacy organization that works to advance fair access to Medicare and to quality health care. We focus on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions, and those in need of long term care. 
  • Long Term Care Community Coalition Homepage
    The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) is devoted to improving care for the elderly and disabled.
  • Medicare Interactive.org
    Medicare answers at your fingertips, this interactive site can help you find answers about Medicare benefits, from how it works, what it covers, filling coverage gaps, and more.
  • Resources on Duel-Eligible Beneficiaries (Kaiser Foundation)
    About 9 million people in the United States are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid, including low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities. These dual eligible beneficiaries have complex and often costly health care needs, and have been the focus of many recent initiatives and proposals to improve the coordination of their care aimed at both raising the quality of their care while reducing its costs. These resources examine the dual eligible population, their health care needs and spending, and ongoing efforts to coordinate care across the two programs.

Medicare Fraud

  • Stop Medicare Fraud (US Dept. of Health & Human Services and US Dept. of Justice)
    Fraud costs the Medicare Program millions of dollars every year, and you end up paying for fraud with higher health care costs. Fraud schemes may be carried out by individuals, companies, or groups of individuals.