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Lung Cancer Specific Resources

Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs for Lung Cancer

Some pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drug programs to make specific drugs available to people who could not otherwise afford them. Generally, your doctor must apply to these programs on your behalf. However, you can call and obtain the applications and information to help speed the process. Eligibility requirements and program operations vary greatly from one program to another.

Following are listings of pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs for some of the drugs commonly used by people with lung cancer.

Amgen, Inc. – Amgen’s patient assistance programs are a continuum of services designed to provide access through free goods and other support services to qualifying uninsured and under-insured patients. In addition, Amgen makes donations to third-party co-pay assistance foundations. To enroll, please call the appropriate hotline number listed below or learn more about available programs by choosing a product from the menu below.

Bayer Corporation – The Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance register for free at

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company – The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The Foundation was established in 1998 to provide temporary assistance to qualifying patients with a financial hardship who generally have no private prescription drug insurance and are not enrolled in a prescription drug coverage plan through Medicaid or any other federal, state or local health program.

Celgene Patient Support- Celgene Patient Support® provides free and personalized assistance for patients’ access and reimbursement needs.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Oncology – For Gemzar® and Alimta®, Lilly provides assistance with obtaining reimbursement. If patients do not have insurance and are unable to obtain other financial assistance, they may be eligible to obtain Lilly oncology products through our patient assistance program. For information about obtaining reimbursement assistance and patient assistance, visit:

Genentech, Inc. – Genentech Access Solutions helps patients access their medicines and explore possible solutions to coverage or reimbursement issues. For patients and their health care providers, Genentech Access Solutions provides: coverage and reimbursement, patient assistance, and informational resources. Call (866) 4 ACCESS / (866) 422-2377 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or 24/7 through our website

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – “GSK For You” features information on patient assistance programs from other resources, too. Please browse our site to see if you may be eligible to save on your prescription drugs. GSK is here to assist you with your prescription drug coverage needs.

MedImmune, Inc. – The MedImmune, Inc. patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the MedImmune, Inc., register at

Merck Patient Assistance Program – Sometimes, affording prescription medicines can be difficult. That’s why at Merck, we have created the Patient Assistance Program—to keep affordable medicines within your reach. This private and confidential program provides medicine free of charge to eligible individuals, primarily the uninsured who, without our assistance, could not afford needed Merck medicines.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals –Novartis Oncology Reimbursement Program PAP Enrollment –Novartis is committed to providing access to our medications for those most in need through the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation’s Patient Assistance Program (PAP). PAP provides assistance to patients experiencing financial hardship who have no third party insurance coverage for their medicines.

Ortho Biotech Products – The OrthoBiotech Products patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the OrthoBiotech Products register at

Purdue Pharma – The Purdue Pharma patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the Purdue Pharma patient assistance program, at

Sanofi-aventis – The sanofi-aventis patient assistance program offers free medication to people who otherwise cannot afford their medications. Patients must meet financial and other program specific criteria to be eligible for assistance. To find out how to apply for medication assistance from the sanofi-aventis patient assistance program, register for free at

Takeda is a patient-focused, innovation-driven global pharmaceutical company that builds on a distinguished 235-year history, aspiring to bring better health and a brighter future for people worldwide.

Hepatitis C Specific Resources

Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs for Hepatitis C

Some pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drug programs to make specific drugs available to people who could not otherwise afford them. Generally, your doctor must apply to these programs on your behalf. However, you can call and obtain the applications and information to help speed the process. Eligibility requirements and program operations vary greatly from one program to another.

Following are listings of pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs for some of the drugs commonly used by people withhepatitis C.

Abbvie Patient Assistance
AbbVie Mavyret Application

Gilead Support Path

FDA Option for Physicians to Request Individual Patient Expanded Access for use of Investigational Drug

Hepatitis C Organizations and Support Groups

American Liver Foundation *
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603
New York, NY 10038-4810
212-668-1000 or 800-676-9340
Fax: 212-483-8179
The American Liver Foundation is a national, voluntary, nonprofit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases.

California Hepatitis Alliance *
Center for Health Improvement
149 Wyndham Way, Ste #223
Petaluma, CA 94954-3875
The California Hepatitis C Task Force mission is to drive policy that removes barriers to viral hepatitis treatment and promote best practices for the delivery of evidence based treatments for viral hepatitis by raising awareness, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resources to improve viral hepatitis education, prevention, screening, and reporting.

Caring Ambassadors Program *
PO Box 1748
Oregon City, OR 97045
The Caring Ambassadors Hepatitis C Program is a national nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of the hepatitis C community. The mission is to improve the lives of people living with hepatitis C through information and awareness.

H.E.A.L.S of the South *
PO Box 180813
Tallahassee, FL 32318
The goal at HEALS is to expand awareness about liver health through educational programs, literature, and public speaking. Young people, veterans, minorities, and prison populations are some of the groups targeted by HEALS. By educating the public, they hope to aid in the prevention of hepatitis in all its forms.

Help & Education for Liver Patients (HELP!)
P.O. Box 2028
Santa Cruz, CA 95063-2028
HELP! is a 501c3 non–profit organization dedicated to hepatitis C and organ donor awareness; support services for liver patients and their families; and integrated liver–&–life counseling for recovering addicts. Since 1998, HELP! has provided compassionate support, education, resource referral, and advocacy at all stages of liver disease, from newly-diagnosed to pre– & post–transplant to end-of-life.

Hepatitis B Foundation
3805 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
Fax: 215-489-4920
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national non–profit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. Their commitment includes funding focused research for HBV and HCV, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community and the general public.

The Hepatitis C Mentor & Support Group, Inc.
We formed the Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group to address a lack of supportive services for people living with Hepatitis C. Support groups and patient mentoring services have been shown to be important elements of successful and cost effective medical care for patients with Hepatitis C and other chronic health conditions. These services improve the quality of life, as well as medical results, for individual patients. Support groups and patient mentoring services are more important than ever as we enter a new and promising era of treatment for Hepatitis C.

The Hepatitis C Education and Support Group Assistance Program has added conference call services. This will fill various needs, such as trainings for facilitators or educational support groups for patients in areas where there is no education or support available. This has proven to be helpful in overcoming obstacles for those who cannot attend in person.

Hepatitis Education Project *
The Maritime Building
911 Western Ave #302
Seattle WA 98104
The Hepatitis Education Project works to raise awareness about the facts concerning hepatitis patients and the resources available to help those who live with the disease..

Hep Free Hawaii
We are Hep Free Hawai‘i. We are a coalition of local, national, and global partners dedicated to increasing viral hepatitis awareness and access to care throughout our state. Hep Free Hawai‘i thrives because we all work together, connecting our communities and our islands to make Hawai‘i truly “Hep Free.” 

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP)
444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 339
Washington D.C. 20001
NATAP is a New York State non-profit corporation with 501(c)3 Federal tax-exempt status. Our mission is to educate individuals about HIV and Hepatitis treatments and to advocate on the behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS and HCV. Our efforts in these areas are conducted on local, national, and international levels.

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 339
Washington D.C. 20001
NASTAD strengthens state and territory-based leadership, expertise, and advocacy and brings them to bear in reducing the incidence of HIV infection and on providing care and support to all who live with HIV/AIDS. NASTAD’s vision is a world free of HIV/AIDS.

National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable is a coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from viral hepatitis in the United States through strategic planning, leadership, coordination, advocacy, and research.

Treatment Action Group

611 Broadway, Ste. 308

New York, NY 10012-2608
The Treatment Action Group’s Hepatitis/HIV Project collaborates with activists, community members, scientists, government, and drug companies to make life-saving information, prevention, and safer, more tolerable, and more effective treatment for viral hepatitis and HIV available to all people who need it. It forges coalitions with activists worldwide to demand universal access to prevention, care and treatment for viral hepatitis and HIV.

Women of a Certain Age . . .
Women of a Certain Age… provides local resources for women over fifty for information and support regarding HIV/AIDS, sexual health and Hepatitis C prevention education. WOACA disseminates this information through peer educators in community settings including churches, garden groups, workplace sites and other venues. WOACA was founded by Jacki Gethner (LMT, Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor and a resident of Portland, Oregon. Jacki is a renowned international health advocate, activist and educator.

World Health Organization: Existing Action Plans and Resources

Harm Reduction Resources

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)
AATOD was founded to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive methadone treatment services throughout the United States. AATOD works with federal agencies and state substance abuse authorities concerning opioid treatment policy. The organization offers a program for providers entitled, the Hepatitis Education Training for Opioid Treatment Providers.

Addiction Center
Are you or a loved one struggling with prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs like heroin? Call our drug abuse hotline to be connected with one of our rehabs or detox centers and start your new life today.

Addiction Group
Alcohol misuse and abuse are widespread issues affecting millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Our team of journalists, researchers, doctors, and medical professionals has created a fact-based resource center on alcohol addiction and treatment. Learn more about causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Injection Drug Users
This location on the CDC site has links to sources of information about viral hepatitis and its prevention in the setting of injection drug use.

Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA)
CRA is a racially and ethnically diverse group composed of people living with HIV and drug use, working in addiction treatment, health care, education, law and assorted other areas. See also CRA’s better vein care/safer injection guide at

Florida Hepatitis and Liver Failure Prevention and Control Program
Operated by the Florida Department of Health, this site provides viral hepatitis information, and hepatitis vaccine and testing availability. The Florida Hepatitis C Hotline is toll free at 1-866-FLA-HEPC. The hotline provides hepatitis C education and describes testing options.

Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC)
The Harm Reduction Coalition is committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing. HRC fosters alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment; challenges traditional client/provider relationships; and provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users in their communities to address drug-related harm.

Immunization Action Coalition, Model Programs for Hepatitis A, B, and C Prevention
This location on the Immunization Action Coalition Internet site provides links to harm reduction programs and resources.

National Development and Research Institutes, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
CDUHR is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is the first center for the socio-behavioral study of drug use and HIV in the United States. The Center is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the drug use-HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly among high-risk individuals. The goal of the Center is to advance knowledge regarding social-level and other influences on HIV-related risk behavior, prevention and transmission. In addition, the Center facilitates the development of timely new research efforts and disseminates information to researchers and service providers.

North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN)
NASEN is dedicated to the creation, expansion and continued existence of syringe exchange programs as a proven method of stopping the transmission of blood borne pathogens in the injecting drug using community. Site contains numerous links to harm reduction information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
SAMHSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness. The SAMHSA site has subsections including, but not limited to:

  • services for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • buprenorphine for the treatment of opiate addiction
  • substance abuse treatment facility locator
  • center for substance abuse treatment


General Health Care Resources

Patient Assistance Programs

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS offers a variety of services and programs for patients and their families. The ACS also supports research, provides printed materials, and conducts educational programs. Staff can accept calls and distribute publications in Spanish.
404-320-3333 (Responds to calls in English only)
1-800-227-2345 (1-800-ACS-2345) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a coalition of organizations that help cancer patients manage their financial challenges by educating them about existing resources. Patients or health care providers can search the CFAC database for organizations that help with specific cancer diagnoses or that provide a specific type of assistance or need. CFAC is a coalition of organizations and cannot respond to individual requests for financial assistance via e-mail or telephone. Patients may contact each CFAC member organization individually for guidance and possible financial assistance.

275 Seventh Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-712-8400 (Administrative)
1-800-813-4673 (1-800-813-HOPE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

CancerCare provides free professional support for anyone affected by cancer. CancerCare programs include counseling and support groups, cancer education workshops, information on financial assistance, and practical help. Counseling is provided by oncology social workers and is available over the phone and face-to-face (available at offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Support groups are offered online, via telephone, and in face-to-face groups. CancerCare also provides free publications, some in Spanish.

Some financial assistance may be available to women with cancer for cancer-related costs such as transportation to and from cancer treatment, child care, and home care. At this time, only limited assistance is available for men with cancer. For details about eligibility, available funding and how to apply, visit the website or call the toll-free number. A section of the CancerCare Web site is available in Spanish.

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
212-601-9750 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)
1-866-552-6729 (1-866-55-COPAY) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation was established to address the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments to cover the cost of medications for treating cancer. Specifically, the Foundation assists patients who have been prescribed an oral or intravenous medication (chemotherapy), but are unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs or co-payment responsibility required by the insurer or Medicare. The amount of assistance that people receive depends on factors such as income, amount of funding available, insurance coverage, and the actual co-payments that will be incurred within 1 year. The types of cancer and the medications covered by the Foundation change; for the latest information on available funding contact the Foundation or visit the Web site below.

Chronic Disease Fund (CDF) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need.
(972) 712-0201

Colorectal CareLine
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
1-866-657-8634, option 1 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The Patient Advocate Foundation’s Colorectal CareLine is a patient/provider hotline designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to care. The Colorectal CareLine is staffed by a team of clinical case managers with both nursing and social work backgrounds who provide individualized service to colorectal cancer patients, their caregivers, and providers who are seeking information and/or assistance. Staff can help with direct appeals assistance, referrals and linkage to educational resources, referrals to co-payment programs, referrals to local, state, and/or national resources for financial assistance, and case management services to uninsured patients.


Good Days exists to improve the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, or other life-altering conditions. The cost of medications to treat chronic disease can be staggering, adding to the despair and suffering of these patients. At Good Days, our mission is to ensure no one has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday living.


HealthWell Foundation
Post Office Box 4133
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
1-800-675-8416 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The HealthWell Foundation provides full or partial financial assistance to eligible individuals who cannot afford their insurance copayments, premiums, deductibles for certain treatments, and other out-of-pocket health care expenses. To qualify for assistance, you must meet the Foundation’s insurance, income, and medical criteria. The Foundation will pre-screen over the telephone and if you qualify you will be sent an application. Another option is to answer a few questions online to immediately learn if you qualify for assistance. The Foundation provides assistance for numerous diseases and medications. A full list of the diseases and medications covered is provided on the Foundation’s Web site. The amount of assistance you receive will depend on your income, your insurance coverage, the amount of funding the Foundation has available for assistance, and other factors.

Imerman Angels is a one-on-on cancer support service that partners a person fighting cancer (“fighter”) with someone who’s beaten the same type of cancer (“survivor”).

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program
1-877-557-2672 (1-877-LLS-COPAY) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Co-Pay Assistance Program offers financial assistance to patients in meeting their private insurance or Medicare premiums, and co-pays for prescription medication and allowable treatment costs. Only certain blood cancer diagnoses are covered by this program and they are subject to change check the Co-pay Web site for the latest information. Prescription insurance coverage is required to qualify for this program.

1-855-220-7777 (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

LIVESTRONG (formerly Lance Armstrong Foundation) helps anyone affected by cancer; patients, caregivers, family members, and friends. LIVESTRONG provides free, confidential support through education, referrals, and counseling services to help patients and their loved ones manage the physical, emotional, and practical effects of cancer. Call or visit the website to be connected with a LIVESTRONG navigator who can refer you to appropriate programs and resources. Support services include peer to peer matching, counseling, managing financial and insurance concerns, and locating local support groups.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Financial Assistance and Other Resources for People With Cancer Listing of Government agencies, organizations, and programs that are designed to provide assistance for cancer patients and their families.

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. Many will get them free or nearly free.

Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN)
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit established in 2004, dedicated to assisting patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment needs. With 20 disease-specific funds, PAN assists the underinsured in accessing health care treatments.
866-316-PANF (7263)

Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.

FDA Option for Physicians to Request Individual Patient Expanded Access for use of Investigational Drug

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides cancer survivorship education, beyond diagnosis, to patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare professionals, through educational events, a speakers bureau, and online materials and resources.

Co-Pay Assistance for Patients


Many organizations can help you with your co-payments, we have provided a list for your convenience.

The National Children’s Cancer Society
One South Memorial Drive Suite 800
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-241-1600 (General) (Responds to calls in English only)
1-800-532-6459 (1-800-5-FAMILY) (Responds to calls in English only)

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) strives to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide. The NCCS provides support through four programs: Pediatric Oncology Program (offers direct financial support), Care to Share Cancer Connection Program (Internet support network for families), Global Outreach Program (distributes donated cancer-related pharmaceuticals), and Beyond The Cure (helps childhood cancer survivors integrate the cancer experience into their new lives). The Pediatric Oncology Program financial support includes meals during treatment, transportation to and from treatment, long distance telephone cards, lodging during treatment, health insurance premiums, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. The application for financial assistance is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, NCCS offers free publications for order or download from their Web site, as well as access to helpful videos and educational telephone conferences.

Sisters Network, Inc.
2922 Rosedale Street
Houston, TX 77004
713-781-0255 (Responds to calls in English only)
1-866-781-1808 (Responds to calls in English only)

Sisters Network Inc. (SNI) is a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization that addresses the breast health needs of African American women through its affiliate chapters and partnerships with existing service providers. Sisters Network has a breast cancer assistance program (B-CAP) that provides assistance to women facing financial challenges after diagnosis. The program provides financial assistance for mammograms, copays, office visits, prescriptions, and medical-related lodging and transportation. An application form to apply for assistance may be obtained by calling or sending in a request via e-mail.

Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
c/o The Nonprofit Center
89 South Street, LL 02
Boston, MA 02211
617-938-3484 (Responds to calls in English only)
1-866-439-9365 (Responds to calls in English only)

Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer assists cancer survivors in the United States between the ages of 17 and 35 with their transition into a successful posttreatment life. The foundation distributes grants and scholarships in an effort to enable survivors to pursue their educational or professional goals, as well as to help pay for living, job search, and lingering medical expenses. Examples of expenses covered include a wide range of posttreatment financial needs such as undergraduate and graduate tuition and loans, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, current and residual medical bills, fertility-related expenses, gym memberships, and transportation costs. Funds may not be available to all that apply. The SAMFund also offers outreach and information about the post-recovery transition to those approaching the end of treatment.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Post Office Box 41
Minneapolis, MN 55440
952-992-4459 (Leave a message) (Responds to calls in English only)

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit charity dedicated to improving access to medical-related services for children who have medical needs that are not fully covered by their insurance. The Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services for children (16 years and younger) not covered or not completely covered by commercial health plans.

Engaged Patients:

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship:

Self-Management Resource Center (formerly the The Stanford Patient Education Research Center):

Federal Insurance Programs and Resources
1-800-333-4636 (1-800-FED-INFO) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish) (formerly is the official benefits Web site of the U.S. Government. The Web site is designed to help users find government benefit and assistance programs for which they may be eligible. The Benefit Finder on the Web site has a list of Core Questions to identify which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Children’s Health Insurance Program
1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state and federal partnership that provides free or low-cost health coverage for children age 18 and younger whose families earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance coverage. States have considerable flexibility to establish income eligibility rules for CHIP, but children enrolling in the program must be otherwise uninsured. Callers will be referred to the CHIP program in their state for further information about what the program covers, who is eligible, and the minimum qualifications.
200 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20201 is the first U.S. Department of Health and Human Services central database of health coverage options, combining information about public programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid) with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans. Consumers can search online for health insurance options specific to their life situation and local community. also has information about the Affordable Care Act (health care reform). The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a new program that is part of the Affordable Care Act, makes health insurance coverage available to persons who have been denied coverage by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition. Consumers also have access to quality rankings for hospitals via a Hospital Compare interactive Web tool. In the fall of 2010, price estimates for health insurance plans will be available online and all new health insurance plans will be required to cover evidence-based preventive services, including screenings and vaccinations, at no cost.

Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
1-877-267-2323 (Responds to calls in English only)

Medicaid (Medical Assistance) is a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Although the Federal Government establishes general guidelines for the program, Medicaid is a state-administered program, and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. Information about coverage is available from local state welfare offices, state health departments, state social service agencies, or the state Medicaid office. The Vaccines for Children Program (VCP) provides immunization services for children 18 and under who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, and receiving immunizations through a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Clinic, or are Native American or Alaska Native. Spanish-speaking staff are available in some offices.

Additional Resources:
Additional State Benefit Programs
State Medicaid Offices

7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

Medicare is a Federal Government health insurance program that is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare is divided into four parts. Parts A, B, C, and D. Part A is Hospital Insurance and helps pay for inpatient hospital care and care at nursing facilities, hospice, and home health care services. Part B is Medical Insurance and covers doctor services, outpatient care, and some preventive services. Part C is the Medicare Advantage Plans, which allow you to get Medicare benefits through private companies approved by and under contract with Medicare (includes Part A, Part B, and usually other benefits Medicare doesn’t cover). Most plans also provide prescription drug coverage. Part D is Prescription Drug Coverage and is run by private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare reimburses patient care costs for its beneficiaries who participate in clinical trials designed to diagnose or treat cancer. To receive information on eligibility, explanations of coverage, and related publications, call Medicare or visit their Web site. Some publications are available in Spanish.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a state program funded by the Federal government to provide information, referrals, and counseling to Medicare recipients and their families/caregivers. Specifically, SHIP counselors provide information on Medigap policies, long-term care insurance, Medicare health plan choices, Medicare rights and protections, and assistance with filing an appeal. The programs in each state often have different names but they all have the same purpose. Services may be received on the telephone or in face-to-face counseling sessions. SHIP counselors are available in every state and in several territories. To find a SHIP counselor, go to the Web site listed in the URL field above. On the left side of the page, under “Search by Organization Name” you can select SHIP State Health Insurance Assistance Program and then select a state or territory from the “Choose a State/Territory” option. Inquirers may also ask their doctor, social worker, or pharmacist about eligibility for other programs.


Other Insurance Resources

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Health Insurance Assistance Service
404-320-3333 (Responds to calls in English only)
1-800-227-2345 (1-800-ACS-2345) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The Health Insurance Assistance Service (HIAS/ACS) aids cancer patients and survivors who have lost or are in danger of losing their health care coverage, and identifies policy solutions to help others in similar situations. Cancer patients and survivors who call the ACS cancer information number are connected with health insurance specialists who can provide information about consumer protections and health insurance options to address their needs.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
2301 McGee Street Suite 800
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-783-8500 (Help Desk) (Responds to calls in English only)
1-866-470-6242 (1-866-470-NAIC) (Responds to calls in English and Spanish)

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 U.S. territories. A state insurance regulator’s primary responsibilities are to educate the public about insurance and protect the interests of insurance consumers, and the NAIC helps regulators fulfill that obligation. NAIC assists people who do not have insurance and also fields insurance complaints. NAIC has a Consumer Information Source (CIS) tool on its Web site that provides information on insurance companies that you can review before purchasing insurance. You can obtain information such as closed insurance complaints, licensing information, and key financial data. The Internet address for the CIS tool is listed in the Additional Resources section. Through its award-winning Insure U consumer-education program, the NAIC helps consumers evaluate their options and get smart about insurance. The Insure U Web site provides basic information on the major types of insurance: life, health, auto, and homeowners/renter’s insurance.

National Association of Medicaid Directors

State Medicaid Programs

Welcome to the Alabama Medicaid Agency! Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents. These individuals must meet certain income and other requirements.

Medicaid, an entitlement program created by the federal government, is the primary public program for financing basic health and long-term care services for low-income Alaskans. It is funded fifty percent by federal funds and fifty percent by State general funds. The program focuses on coverage for low-income children, pregnant women, families, the elderly, blind and the permanently disabled. The federal government establishes guidelines that requires the state to cover specific categories of people and types of benefits. It is, however, the legislature’s responsibility to determine which services are to be covered, the qualifying standards and the categories of people who will be eligible for benefits under the Medicaid program. Within these guidelines and constraints, the Department of Health Services has considerable flexibility in establishing financial eligibility criteria, benefit packages and payment policies.

Welcome to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona’s Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents. Individuals must meet certain income and other requirements to obtain services.

Medicaid is a program that helps pay for medically necessary medical services for needy and low-income persons. It uses state and federal government money. The Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the Medicaid program in Arkansas. Medicaid and Medicare are different programs. Medicare is federal health insurance. It pays for medical services for aged and disabled persons.

What is Medi-Cal? Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by federal and state taxes.

Colorado Medicaid is public health insurance for families, children, pregnant women, persons who are blind or persons with disabilities and the elderly for Colorado residents.

The Medicaid program provides for remedial, preventive, and long term medical care for income eligible aged, blind or disabled individuals, and families with children. Payment is made directly to health care providers, by the department, for services delivered to eligible individuals. The program complies with federal Medicaid law (Title XIX of the Social Security Act) and regulations in order to receive 50% reimbursement from the federal government.

Medicaid furnishes medical assistance to eligible low-income families and to eligible aged, blind and/or disabled people whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services. Medicaid pays for: doctor visits, hospital care, labs, prescription drugs, transportation, routine shots for children, mental health and substance abuse services.

Medicaid provides Medical coverage to low income individuals and families. The state and federal government share the costs of the Medicaid program. Medicaid services in Florida are administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

As the largest division in Community Health, Medicaid Division administers the Medicaid program, which provides health care for children, pregnant women, and people who are aging, blind and disabled.

Medicare is our Nation’s basic health insurance program for people 65 and older, regardless of their income, who qualify for Social Security benefits, and for some people under 65 who are disabled.

Medicaid has different programs available that provide health coverage for: Children under age 19; Parents or other related adults with children under age 19; Pregnant women; Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or pre-cancer; People aged 65 or older; People who are blind or disabled (using Social Security criteria).

Welcome to the Web site for Healthcare and Family Services, the state agency dedicated to improving the lives of Illinois families through healthcare coverage and child support services. Our mission is to empower Illinois residents to lead healthier and more independent lives by providing adequate access to healthcare coverage at a reasonable cost, and by establishing and enforcing child support obligations. We are proud to make a positive difference in the lives of Illinoisans.

Welcome to Indiana Medicaid. On this site, you can learn about the different Medicaid programs and how to apply. Check out our Eligibility Guide to learn about eligibility for certain programs and see if you may qualify. Current Members can learn about your rights and responsibilities and how to access services. Check out the Member Rights and Responsibilities for critical member information.

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is the division of the Iowa Department of Human Services that administers the Medicaid program. This website will inform you about the IME, Provider resources and Member resources.

The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) is responsible for purchasing health services for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, the aged, and the elderly through the Medicaid program, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the state-funded MediKan program.

Kentucky Medicaid Member Information Page: This is the Kentucky Medicaid Member Information page. Listed below are some frequently asked questions and information regarding member services.

Medicaid is the state’s health coverage program for low-income residents who meet certain eligibility qualifications.

Office of MaineCare Services. The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) oversees: MaineCare (also known as Medicaid); Maine RX Plus; Drugs for the Elderly and Disabled. MaineCare Services coordinates the programs and benefits, assures that they operate under consistent policy in keeping with the Department’s goals and Federal mandates, and ensures that they are administered effectively and efficiently.

Welcome to Maryland Medical Programs, the State of Maryland’s health information resource. Brought to you be the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

What is MassHealth? MassHealth is a public health insurance program for eligible low and medium-income residents of Massachusetts. MassHealth is the name used in Massachusetts for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), combined in one program.

The Plan covers Michigan’s agreement with the federal government for: beneficiary eligibility; covered services; and, reimbursement for medical services under the program.

Medical Assistance (MA) is the largest of Minnesota’s publicly funded health care programs. It provided coverage for a monthly average of 733,000 low-income people in state fiscal year 2012. Three-fourths of those were children and families, pregnant women and adults without children. The others were people 65 or older and people who have disabilities. Most enrollees get their health care through health plans. The rest get care on a fee-for-service basis, with providers billing the state directly for services provided. MA is Minnesota’s Medicaid program, funded with state and federal funds. The Minnesota Department of Human Services oversees the program statewide.

Medicaid is a national health care program. It helps pay for medical services for low-income people. For those eligible for full Medicaid services, Medicaid is paid to providers of health care. Providers are doctors, hospitals and pharmacists who accept Medicaid.

MO HealthNet coverage is automatically available to all recipients of MO HealthNet, Nursing Care, Home and Community-based Services, Supplemental Aid to the Blind, Blind Pension, and Adult Supplemental Payments. The purpose of the MO HealthNet program is to provide medical services to persons who meet certain eligibility requirements as determined by FSD. The goals of the MO HealthNet program are to promote good health, to prevent illness and premature death, to correct or limit disability, to treat illness, and to provide rehabilitation to persons with disabilities. Eligible persons receive a MO HealthNet Identification Card or a letter from the local FSD office.

Montana Medicaid is health care coverage for some low-income adults. Medicaid is run by DPHHS (the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services).
Healthy Montana Kids Plus (HMK Plus) used to be called children’s Medicaid, before October 1, 2009. HMK Plus is health care coverage for low-income children in Montana and is also run by DPHHS. All medically necessary services are provided to children covered by HMK Plus.

Nebraska Medicaid covers many medically necessary services from health providers who participate in the Nebraska Medicaid program. Some preventive services, such as well child check-ups and childhood vaccines, are also covered.

The Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP) works in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist in providing quality medical care for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and limited resources. The medical programs are known as Medicaid and Nevada Check Up.

New Hampshire
NH Medicaid is a federal and state funded health care program that serves a wide range of needy individuals and families who meet certain eligibility requirements. The program works to ensure that eligible adults and children have access to needed health care services by enrolling and paying providers to deliver covered services to eligible recipients.

New Jersey
Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for.

New Mexico
Medicaid is a partnership between each state and the federal government to provide low cost or no cost medical care to those who need it most. Eligibility for all Medicaid programs is based on citizenship, residency, income and other factors (such as resource levels, medical factors and sometimes, an individual’s current health insurance coverage status). Income eligibility for all Medicaid programs is based on a percentage of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

New York
Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who can’t afford to pay for medical care.

North Carolina
Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and families who cannot afford health care costs. Medicaid serves low-income parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Medicaid is a little different, depending on who you are and your situation.

North Dakota
Medicaid was authorized in 1966 for the purpose of providing an effective base upon which to provide comprehensive and uniform medical services that enable persons previously limited by their circumstances to receive needed medical care. It is within this broad concept that the Medicaid Program in North Dakota participates with the medical community in attempting to strengthen existing medical services in the state.
Funding is shared by federal and state governments, with eligibility determined at the county level.
Medicaid pays for health services for qualifying families with children, and people who are pregnant, elderly, or disabled. Over 60,000 people in North Dakota are receiving this important health coverage.

Launched in July 2013, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is Ohio’s first Executive-level Medicaid agency. With a network of approximately 130,000 active providers, ODM delivers health care coverage to more than 2.9 million residents of Ohio on a daily basis. Working closely with stakeholders, advocates, medical professionals, and fellow state agencies, the agency continues to find new ways to modernize Medicaid in Ohio.

SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, provides health care to children under the age of 19, adults with children under the age of 18, pregnant women and people who are older than 65 or have blindness or another disability.

Medicaid provides health care insurance for low-income residents through a federal and state partnership. Federal regulations provide a framework for each state to build a unique Medicaid program or State Medicaid Plan.

Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible individuals

Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program, also known as “Medicaid” is a federal- and state-funded program that pays for medical and health related services for eligible Rhode Islanders.

South Carolina
Medicaid is South Carolina’s aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for needy persons who have low income.

South Dakota
The Department of Social Services Division of Economic Assistance is responsible for administering the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) Programs to help low income individuals, families and children.

The Medicaid program provides medical benefits to eligible individuals who may have no medical insurance or inadequate medical insurance. Medicaid became law in 1965 as a jointly funded cooperative between the federal and state governments to assist states in providing adequate medical care to eligible individuals. Although the Federal government establishes general guidelines for the program, the Medicaid program requirements are established by each State. Whether or not a person is eligible for Medicaid will depend on the State where he or she lives.

The State Plan is the officially recognized document describing the nature and scope of the State of Texas Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by our state and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Essentially, the plan is our state’s agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Social Security Act and the official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Utah Medicaid program pays medical bills for people who qualify for a category of Medicaid; who have low income or cannot afford the cost of health care; who have resources (assets) under the federal limit for the category of Medicaid.

Medicaid provides low-cost or free coverage for low-income children, young adults under age 21, parents, pregnant women, caretaker relatives, people who are blind or disabled and those age 65 or older.

Welcome to the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) homepage. DMAS is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Virginia. The CHIP program in Virginia is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS). Our mission at DMAS is to provide a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families.

Washington State has a number of programs dedicated to providing health care coverage for low income residents. The largest single source for this coverage is Medicaid, which offers complete major medical coverage. There are also other programs that offer more limited benefits. Services are available through managed care or fee-for-service.

West Virginia
Medicaid State Plan Under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program. The West Virginia Medicaid State Plan is a comprehensive written document that describes the nature and scope of the Medicaid program. It outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies, and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act. This State Plan outlines how the Medicaid program is implemented in West Virginia.

Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Medicaid plans for Elderly, Blind or Disabled provide health care for those who are: Age 65 or older, blind or disabled, With family income at or below the monthly program limit, and Who are United States citizens or legal immigrants. The Medicaid plan you are enrolled in depends on your income, assets, and type of care you need.

Medicaid is a joint federal and state government program that pays for medical care for some low income and medically needy individuals and families.

How to Appeal an Insurance Company Decision

Your Rights

If your health insurer refuses to pay a claim or ends your coverage, you have the right to appeal the decision and have it reviewed by a third party.

You can ask that your insurance company reconsider its decision. Insurers have to tell you why they’ve denied your claim or ended your coverage. And they have to let you know how you can dispute their decisions.

There are two ways to appeal a health plan decision:

Internal appeal: If your claim is denied or your health insurance coverage canceled, you have the right to an internal appeal. You may ask your insurance company to conduct a full and fair review of its decision. If the case is urgent, your insurance company must speed up this process.

External review: You have the right to take your appeal to an independent third party for review. This is called external review. External review means that the insurance company no longer gets the final say over whether to pay a claim.

Consumer Government Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line
Phone: 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumer Health Information Research

Department of Justice

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
For questions:
Phone: 800-669-4000 (voice) or 800-669-6820 (TDD)
To request documents:
Phone: 800-669-3362 (voice) or 800-800-3302 (TDD)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Office of Special Health Issues
Parklawn Building, HF-12
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD
Phone: 800-FDA-1088
Contact the FDA to report side effects or other problems with drug treatment.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug Program
Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trial and who are in an immediate medical crisis may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved. Your doctor would have to apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug, an approval known as a Single Patient IND for Compassionate or Emergency Use. Contact information appears below. The FDA usually responds to an application within 24 to 48 hours.

FDA Voices
We believe patients are experts when it comes to their health conditions. Ultimately, they’re the ones who can share aspects of their diseases that even our most qualified doctors and scientists couldn’t possibly know.

Medicare Equipment and Supplies Program
Medicare contract suppliers or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

National Council Against Health Fraud
Phone: 909-824-4690

National Digestive Diseases Info Clearinghouse
You can request free information either on-line or by phone.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine

Social Security Disability Line
Phone: 800-772-1213

Cancer Resources for Kids

CancerCare for Kids®
Children and teens who are affected by cancer have special needs and concerns. That?s why CancerCare has a special program called CancerCare for Kids?. It?s all part of the free, professional services CancerCare provides, but focused on the particular needs of children and parents.

Camp Kesem
Since 2000, Camp Kesem has given children affected by a parent?s cancer the opportunity to just be kids. The ever-expanding Kesem community engages in camp activities like sports, arts and crafts, and drama to give campers a fun-filled week.

Children’s Treehouse Foundation
It’s a given. Cancer affects the entire family. Yet in too many situations, the undeniable psychosocial impact on the children whose parent has cancer goes unattended.

Cancer Hope Network
877-HOPENET (877-467-3638) or 908-879-4039
Cancer Hope Network is a nonprofit organization that offers one-on-one support for people living with cancer and their families by matching those seeking support with trained volunteers who been through similar experiences.

Cancer Support Community
888-793-WELL (888-793-9355) or 513-421-7111
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer.

Clinical Trials

CenterWatch is a clinical trials listing service of industry and government sponsored trials including recently FDA approved drug therapies.

Clinical Trials.Gov, National Library of Medicine/NIH:

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, National Institutes of Health:

Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether to Volunteer for Research, [PDF] US Department of Health and Human Services

Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers, National Cancer Institute:

Clinical Trials, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Current NHGRI Clinical Studies, National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH:

Clinical Trials, National Institute on Aging:

Find a Clinical Trial, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

Current NIAMS Protocols at the NIH Campus, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:

Clinical Studies: Information for the Public and Potential Volunteers, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders:

Special Diabetes Program: Clinical Trials Recruiting Patients & Families, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders:

Clinical Trials Information, National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Clinical Trials, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:

Research Match, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences:

Clinical Trials, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

Western Medical Resources

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN)

American College of Radiology  (ACR)

American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO)

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

Integrative Health and Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The Institute for Integrative Health:

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine:

True Health Initiative

Blue Zones

Complementary Medicine Systems and Therapies

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Systematic Review database:

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality& Healing, Taking Chare of Your Health and Wellbeing website:

National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare, patient resources:

National Cancer Institute, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Society for Integrative Oncology:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database:

Complementary Medicine Systems:

National Ayurvedic Medical Association:

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

American Institute of Homeopathy (membership institute for medical professionals also practicing homeopathy):

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:

American Chiropractic Association:

Support System

TIP: Most disease-specific organizations offer online and in-person support groups and services.

Community forum and information sharing platform for individuals with chronic disease:

Social networks for individuals with chronic disease:

Platform for building support website for an individual health journey:

Online meal organizer and calendar:


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Healthy Minds:

National Institute of Mental Health

National Sleep Foundation:

Well-being concepts and practices, Taking Charge of your Health and Well-being:

Project Happiness:

Diet, Nutrition, and Healthy Weight

Center for Science in the Public Interest, Eating Healthy:

True Health Initiative, Research on diet and health:

CDC Healthy Weight website:

American Dietetic Association:

Dietary Supplements, US Food and Drug Administration:

Foods that fight inflammation:

DASH Diet Eating Plan, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute:

Environmental Working Group, Dirty Dozen foods list

The Glycemic Index
Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels.

Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source
Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source is to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals, and the public.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database:

USDA Food Composition Database:


Physical activity overview, benefits, and guidelines:

President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition:

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability:

Exercise videos: and

Find your local YMCA:

Disease-specific Organizations and Resources

Arthritis, Arthritis Foundation:

Auto-immune Disease, American Autoimmune Related Diseases:

Cancer, American Cancer Society:

Cancer, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Patient Resources:

Cancer, Society for Integrative Oncology:

Crohn’s and Colitis Disease, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation:

Diabetes, American Diabetes Association

Endocrine-related Disease, American Thyroid Association:

Endocrine-related Disease, Pituitary Network Association:

Epilepsy, Epilepsy Foundation:

Heart Disease, American Heart Association:

Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B Foundation:

Hepatitis C, Caring Ambassadors Program:

Lung Cancer, Caring Ambassadors Program:

Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Action Network (LungCAN):

Lung Cancer, National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT):

Lung Disease:

Lupus, Lupus Foundation of America:

Lyme Disease:

Multiple Sclerosis, National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

Pain (list of organizations):

Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson’s Foundation:

Sickle Cell, Sickle Cell Society:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health, SAMHSA:

Lab Resources
Vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are not regularly tested by any government organization. continually evaluates nutritional supplements in a laboratory environment. It also investigates problems with drugs.

Lab Tests Online
Lab Tests Online is designed to help patients and caregivers better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.

Reliable Research Resources

The British Medical Journal
The British Medical Journal is a free publication with up-to-date information about hepatitis C, among many other topics.

The Lancet
The Lancet is a peer-reviewed medical journal. You are able to search for articles on hepatitis C and are able to view the abstracts free of charge; full text articles can be viewed for a fee.

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions

Medline Plus

National Library of Medicine PubMed database

The New England Journal of Medicine
This is the site of the well-respected medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. It provides access to the PubMed database from which you can search for and order medical journal articles on hepatitis C.

PubMed Interactive tutorial:

Physician locator:

U.S. Pharmocopeia (USP)
In pursuit of its mission to promote public health, U.S. Pharmocopeia establishes state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use. USP also develops authoritative information about the appropriate use of medicines. The site has prescription drug information and information about supplements.

This site is owned by WebMD Corporation. This is a comprehensive on-line resource committed to providing general health information and support. The site is extensive.