MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
1-800-633-4227 (toll-free); 1-877-486-2048 (TTY/toll-free)
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA)
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, BENEFITS, INSURANCE
SOCIAL SECURITY - apply for benefits for retirees, survivors, some disabilities, low-income families, some children & parents; get or replace your Social Security card; retirement estimator; services for the homeless; forms & publications, & more
MEDICARE - health insurance for people 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age End-Stage Renal Disease; eligibility; apply online; find doctors & facilities; find & compare health & prescription drug plans; Medigap; dialysis facilities; terms & definitions; Medicare explained in plain English! It also has "Ask Medicare," a section with answers to important medical questions, as well as caregiving support & resources.
VA CAREGIVER SUPPORT - caregiver support, services, home equipment & modifications, tips & national support line for those caring for a veteran; veteran benefits & services, vocational rehab & employment, healthcare info, suicide prevention, burials & memorials, and more.
ELDERCARE LOCATOR - services for older adults and their families; search for them by zip code or by category - Alzheimer's, caregiver, elder abuse prevention, in-home services, legal assistance, transportation, volunteerism, and more. 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free).
COPAYS.ORG - part of the PATIENT ADVOCATE FOUNDATION, they provide co-pay assistance to insured (including Medicare Part D) medically and financially qualified patients diagnosed with several diseases or conditions. You can reach the CPR team (Co-Pay Relief Program) at 1-866-512-3861 for them to guide you through the enrollment process or enroll securely online.
HEALTHCARE REFORM - Affordable Care Act explained; changes, timeline, how they affect individuals, business; tools to compare hospitals, home health, nursing homes & dialysis facilities; learn about prevention, staying healthy & raising healthier kids; coverage & pricing options; and more.
BENEFITS.GOV - government assistance through benefit programs for things like job training, nutritional assistance, health care & education, for instance. You must answer questions, then your answers are compared with over 1000 programs to check for eligibility.
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