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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration provides public information materials about the Social Security and supplemental security income (SSI) programs, as well as information on /entitlement to Medicare. Inquiries concerning the Social Security and SSI programs can be directed to the Office of Communications. Inquiries about the Medicare program should be directed to Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Beneficiary Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. At the local level, inquiries can be made to any Social Security office.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Administration was established in 1930 and elevated to cabinet level on March 15, 1989, and is now the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA provides a wide range of veterans' benefits in such areas as health care, education, housing, disability pensions, and life insurance. Through its network of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, the VA provides a full range of medical, long-term care, and patient support services. Veterans with service-related illnesses or injuries receive priority for VA medical services, and special consideration is also given to veterans who are in financial need, over 65 years old, or holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The VA is also involved in medical research and the training of health professionals. Training programs include graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education, a medical library, and assistance for health manpower training institutions. VA benefits are restricted to U.S. military veterans.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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Gray Panthers

The Gray Panthers, organized in 1970, is a national organization of intergenerational activists dedicated to social change. Whether at the local, state or federal level, Gray Panthers fight to change laws and attitudes for social justice. Major issues of concern include: health care, Social Security, civil rights and anti-discrimination (ageism, sexism, racism), environment, and peace. Accomplishments range from having initiated fights against forced retirement at age 65, to exposing nursing home abuse, and working in coalition for Universal Health Care.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is the leading advocacy organization committed to the well-being of elderly Asians and Pacific Islanders in America. NAPCA's goals are to: advocate on behalf of the APA aging community at the local, state and national levels; educate APA seniors and the general public on the unique needs of the APA aging community; and empower APA seniors and the aging network to meet the increasing challenges facing the APA aging community. NAPCA has expertise in handling issues like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and provides a multilingual helpline to assist AAPI elders with questions.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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