Useful links

Organizations - Federal Gov't - Welfare Law - Periodicals - Health Care Co. - States - Foundations

Consumer Agencies: Federal - State & Private - International - Professional - Better Business Bureaus


The Alpha Center

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Civil Liberties Union

American Medical Association

American Medical Women's Association

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disabilities

The Center for Health Care Strategies They have recently posted "Negotiating the New Health System: A Nationwide Study of Medicaid Managed Care Contracts "

Children's Defense Fund

Critical Path AIDS Project

Families USA

HandsNet (NHeLP maintains a forum in the legal services/substantive law/health folder)

Health Insurance Association of America

The Health Law Resource

The Intergovernmental Health Policy Project at the National Conference of State Legislatures is a website devoted to the health of children and teens, created by The Nemours Foundation.

MedAccess Online is a commercial website that provides searchable databases of hospitals, physicians, specialty treatment centers, and HMOs.

Medicaid Clearinghouse (Families USA)

Medicaid Defense Group (Mass.) Network of 25 Massachusettts-based organizations committed to preserveing the positive features of Medicaid in the state. They also have a page called Medicaid Consumer Network of Massachusetts.

National Committee for Quality Assurance A non-profit that assesses and reports on the quality of managed care plans. They also have a list of over 100 HMOs for which NCQA has prepared reports.

National Clearinghouse for Legal Services Publishers of Clearinghouse Review and Case Developments, including health law case developments

National Managed Health Care Congress

National Senior Citizens Law Center

The Society for Medical Decision Making

Nurses Associations with Links on the Internet.

  1. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  2. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  3. American Holistic Nurses Association
  4. American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  5. American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
  6. Association of Operating Room Nurses
  7. Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  8. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses
  9. Emergency Nurses Association
  10. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
  11. National Association of School Nurses, Inc.
  12. Oncology Nursing Society
  13. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing*
  14. American Assembly for Men in Nursing
  15. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses*
  16. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  17. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists*
  18. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  19. American Holistic Nurses Association*
  20. American Medical Informatics Association
  21. American Nephrology Nurses Association
  22. American Psychiatric Nurses Association*
  23. American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, Inc.
  24. American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)*
  25. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  26. Association of Operating Room Nurses, Inc. *
  27. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
  28. Association of Rehabilitation Nurses *
  29. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (Formerly NAACOG)*
  30. Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing
  31. Emergency Nurses Association *
  32. Hospice Nurses Association
  33. International Society of Nurses in Genetics
  34. National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  35. National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  36. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses *
  37. National Association of School Nurses, Inc *
  38. National Gerontological Nursing Association
  39. National League for Nursing
  40. National Nursing Staff Development Organization
  41. National Student Nurses Association
  42. Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs
  43. Oncology Nursing Society *
  44. Sigma Theta Tau, International, Inc.
  45. Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society

Federal Government

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

Bureau of Primary Health Care

U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Department of Health and Human Services

Fedstats The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 federal agencies for public use.

Health Care Financing Administration This is the government agency responsible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Healthfinder This is a gateway for consumers seeking health information on the Internet, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) Health information referral service

Office of Minority Health

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet

Government Printing Office Access to the Federal Register

The U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library

Welfare Law

American Public Welfare Association The APWA also has a page with a clickable map devoted to state-by-state information on social welfare policies and welfare reform initiatives.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Electronic Policy Network's Idea Central

HCFA's Welfare Reform and Medicaid Page

The National Conference of State Legislatures "Welfare Reform Update"

The National Governor's Association "Welfare Information"

The Urban Institute's Welfare Reform: An Analysis of the Issues

The Welfare Information Network

The Washington Post's Welfare Reform: A Special Report


The Journal of the American Medical Association

The Lancet

Mainstream Online News, advocacy and lifestyle magazine for people with disabilities

Modern Healthcare A weekly business news magazine serving healthcare management

The New England Journal of Medicine

U.S. News & World Report's state-by-state list of Children's Health Insurance Programs

Health Care Companies

Aetna U.S. Healthcare

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation Additional information, including a company profile and recent news stories can be found on Yahoo

FHP Healthcare


Kaiser Permanente Recent news articles about health insurance and managed care

Oxford Health Plans

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West Virginia


The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The Commonwealth Fund

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Consumer Agencies

Federal Agencies

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  2. U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs Helpline
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  4. Federal Communications Commission
  5. Environmental Protection Agency
  6. Federal Trade Commission
  7. Federal Government Agency Directory
  8. Federal Agency Web Locator
  9. Fed Search (101+ search engines)
  10. Food and Drug Administration
  11. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
  12. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  13. U.S. Postal Service
  14. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud/complaint center

International Consumer Agencies and Organizations

  1. Australian Consumer Affairs Bureau
  2. Australian Consumers' Association
  3. Perth, Australia State Government Insurance Commission
  4. Queensland, Australia Office of Consumer Affairs
  5. Better Business Bureau Costa Rica
  6. Industry Canada Consumer Connection
  7. Canadian Consumer Education & Information Forum (CCEIF)
  8. Consumers' Association of Canada
  9. Consumers Association of Penang, Malaysia
  10. Consumer Information Center (Spain)
  11. Consumers International
  12. Costa Rica Better Business Bureau
  13. European Commission's Consumer Policy home page
  14. India's Consumer Education and Resource Centre
  15. Tasmanian Consumers Association
  16. Trading Standards on the Net (U.K.)

State, and Private Consumer Agencies

  1. Alabama Attorney General's Office Consumer Affairs Section
  2. Banking Regulators by state (homepages)
  3. California Attorney General consumer information/complaints
  4. California Contractors State Licensing Board
  5. California Dept. of Consumer Affairs
  6. CA Santa Cruz Cty District Attorney Consumer Affairs Division
  7. Cambridge, Massachusetts Consumers' Council
  8. Colorado Dept. of Law Consumer Protection
  9. Connecticut Attorney General Consumer Tips
  10. Connecticut Dept. of Banking
  11. Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection
  12. Delaware Attorney General consumer information
  13. Doctor licensing boards by state (those on-line only)
  14. Florida Attorney General's Office
  15. Florida Dept. of Agriculture Division of Consumer Services
  16. Florida's Pinellas County State Attorney Consumer Protection
  17. Hawaii selected regulations from Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
  18. Idaho Attorney General Consumer Protection
  19. Illinois Attorney General's Office fact sheets
  20. Illinois: City of Chicago Dept. of Consumer Services
  21. Indiana Attorney General's Office
  22. Iowa Attorney General Consumer Protection Division
  23. Kansas Insurance Department
  24. Kentucky Attorney General's Office
  25. Jacksonville, Florida Division of Consumer Affairs
  26. Maine Office of Consumer Credit Regulation
  27. Maryland Attorney General homepage
  28. Maryland's Office of People's Advocate (utility advocate)
  29. Massachusetts Attorney General
  30. Mass. Board of Registration in Medicine (physician profiles)
  31. Mass. Home Improvement Contractor Registration lookup
  32. Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs
  33. Michigan Dept. of Consumer & Industry Services (selected laws)
  34. Minnesota Attorney General (Consumer Connection)
  35. Mississippi Attorney General Consumer Protection Division
  36. Missouri Department of Insurance Consumer Complaint Form
  37. New Hampshire Attorney General Consumer Protection Bureau
  38. New Jersey Attorney General's Consumer Division (e-mail)
  39. New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
  40. New York Attorney General Money Matters page
  41. NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs booklets
  42. New York State Consumer Protection Board
  43. North Carolina Attorney General Consumer Protection
  44. North Carolina Division of Insurance
  45. NYC Public Advocate Consumer Complaining
  46. Ohio Attorney General consumer info and complaint form
  47. Ohio Consumers' Counsel
  48. Oregon Dept. of Consumer and Business Services
  49. Pennsylvania Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection
  50. Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (utilities)
  51. Pennsylvania Utilities Commission Information
  52. San Francisco's Consumer Advocate
  53. South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs
  54. South Dakota Attorney General's Office
  55. State and Local Consumer Agencies
  56. State and Local Government Directory (all agency types)
  57. State securities regulators (addresses and links)
  58. Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs
  59. Texas Attorney General's Consumer Information page
  60. Utah Attorney General
  61. Utah Division of Consumer Protection
  62. Utah Dept. of Commerce Div. of Consumer Protection
  63. Virginia Attorney General consumer booklets
  64. Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs
  65. Virtual Magistrate (arbitration of on-line disputes)
  66. Washington State Attorney General's Consumer Information

Better Business Bureaus

  1. AUTOLINE -- mediation and arbitration of car complaints
  2. BBB OnLine (look for the "CARE" symbol to assure honest dealings)
  3. Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia
  4. Better Business Bureau On-line Complaint Form (national)
  5. Boston Better Business Bureau (with on-line reliability reports, scam alerts, more)
  6. Council of Better Business Bureaus
  7. Links to local Better Business Bureaus
  8. New York Metro Better Business Bureau
  9. Vancouver Island BBB

Consumer Organizations and Professional Associations

  1. American Arbitration Association
  2. American Association of Individual Investors
  3. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  4. American Council on Consumer Interests
  5. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  6. American Society of Travel Agents Consumer Affairs Dept.
  7. CalPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group unofficial site)
  8. Center for Democracy & Technology ( net privacy issues)
  9. Center for Science in the Public Interest
  10. Coalition for Consumer Health & Safety
  11. Consumer Action (San Francisco) email only
  12. Consumer Alert
  13. Consumer Attorneys of California
  14. Consumer Credit Counselling Service of Greater Washington
  15. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Houston
  16. Consumer-Net (material for consumer educators)
  17. Council of Better Business Bureaus
  18. Direct Marketing Assn (DMA) consumer tips
  19. Direct Selling Association Code of Ethics
  20. Electronic Privacy Information Center
  21. The Internet Advocacy Center (consumer links/info)
  22. Internet Consumer Protection Agency (claims to be similar to BBB)
  23. Inventors Awareness Group
  24. National Assn. of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA)(e-mail)
  25. National Assn. of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  26. National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners
  27. National Assn. of Securities Dealers complaint program
  28. National Charities Information Bureau
  29. National Consumer Law Center
  30. National Council of Individual Investors
  31. National Consumer Organizations (list)
  32. National Fraud Information Center (National Consumers League -- info)
  33. NICE -- National Institute for Consumer Education
  34. Netcheck Commerce Bureau (similar to BBB)
  35. Physicians Who Care (medical info)
  36. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
  37. Public Citizen founded by Ralph Nader
  38. Public Interest Research Groups (USPIRG & state PIRGs)
  39. Public Voice for Food and Health Policy
  40. Rural Consumers Coalition for the Advancement of Telecommunications
  41. SOCAP -- Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business
  42. Tele-Consumer Hotline (telephone service help)
  43. TenantNet
  44. TRAC -- Telecommunications Research & Action Center

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