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An extensive guide to caregiving issues affecting seniors and their families, presented by Barbara E. Friesner, a recognized author, educator and consultant on senior care issues.

Aging Disability Resources Centers by County (West Virginia)

Links to ADRC’s, which  provide information on Medicare-funded programs, their benefits, assistance determining eligibility and enrolling. Includes Medicare Savings Programs and extra help with Medicare Part D  costs. Also connection to other aging services in West Virginia.

Aging Solutions

Aging Solutions provides information to help caregivers find reliable information quickly, providing advice, a variety of articles, symptoms of major conditions, comprehensive checklists, a glossary of terms, and links to key resources.

Alabama Department of Senior Services

Medicare resources (state health insurance assistance program) and more for Alabama’s older population.

Alabama Department of Senior Services

This is an online document that contains links to the Alabama State Health Insurance Program, (SHIIP) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).

Alabama Medicaid Agency

The state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents – has income and other requirements.

Are You Missing Out on Benefits?

This flyer from the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG) offers a free benefits checkup to Wisconsin residents and referral to benefit and financial assistance information.

Area Agencies on Aging

Find a local agency in any Arizona county that can direct you to a variety of services specifically for the elderly.


Arizona State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries, families or caregivers. For more information, you can contact the statewide hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-432-4040. Leave a message and a SHIP Volunteer will call you back.


Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

Arkansas’ Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a health insurance information program that provides free one-on-one counseling, education, and information to individuals with Medicare of all ages.

California Health Advocates

CHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education for Californians.Its web site provides information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for people who live in California.

California Health Advocates

This a non-profit organization is dedicated to Medicare advocacy and education, providing information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for people who live in California. is a resource that offers insights, information and inspiration to family caregivers. The web site was listed as one of the best resources on the Internet for family caregivers by Modern Maturity magazine, the publication of American Association of Retired Persons, and as a resource for seniors in Business Week magazine.

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on the needs of individuals eligible for Medicare by providing education, advocacy and legal assistance.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The page, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers information about Medicare and other resources and focuses on the American Indian or Alaskan native.

Directory by county of Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Link to centers that provide information on local services and resources like in-home care, respite, senior and low-income housing, counseling on long-term care options, financial assistance with Medicare, Medicaid and other financial support, as well as help determining eligibility and enrolling. Medicare-funded programs, their benefits, assistance determining eligibility and enrolling.

Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (I-CARE)

Educates and assists South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries, those eligible for Medicare, and caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, pharmacy assistance programs, and other issues related to health insurance benefits.

Kansas Medicare

Wheatlands Administrative Services, a new subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, conducts Medicare business on behalf of the state.

List of Senior Health Insurance Program Sites

This list, on Rhode Island’s Division of Elderly Affairs web site, provides the names and contact information for Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) sites in Rhode Island.

Medicare & You Handbook 2010 (PDF)

The official U.S. government Medicare consumer handbook.

Medicare in Nevada

SHIP Volunteers offer FREE one-on-one assistance-and-counseling with respect to many problems seniors encounter regarding Medicare, supplemental health insurance and long-term care options.

Medicare information from California State Department of Aging

State government resources for Californians needing help with Medicare and other government health insurance programs on federal, state and local levels.

Medicare Interactive

A reference guide from the Medicare Rights Center.

Medicare Open Enrollment Events 2011

A list of Arkansas locations where Medicare recipients can enroll in Medicare and get information and supplemental plans and alternatives.

Medicare Part A and B

General information and contacts for South Carolina Medicare recipients.

Medicare Premium Amounts for 2011

This resource from the Arizona Department of Economic Security explains how much you’ll pay in different situations for Medicare premiums.

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles for 2012

A comprehensive list of out-of-pocket charges for Arkansas Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare Resource Center

Hundreds of answers in one convenient place. A comprehensive guide to Medicare health insurance, a Medicare glossary and links to all the other best Medicare sites on the Internet.

Medicare Rights Center

Medicare Rights CenterThe Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. is the U.S. government’s compendium of Medicare-related information, including up-to-date information about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and beyond.

Medigap Helpline/SHIP

The Medigap Helpline is a free counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries, answering beneficiary questions. The site also offers information about Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), Medicare supplemental insurance, and other heath insurance information.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance, the organization supports the national network of 629 AAAs and 246 Title VI programs.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

This site offers information related to all aspects of aging, including "elders" and "caregivers" pages that provide information and assistance on supportive services available in the community.

National Family Caregivers Association

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.

Pennsylvania Medicare – Kaiser State Health Facts

Information about Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries, including enrollment, demographics (age, gender, race/ethnicity), income, other sources of health coverage, managed care participation, use of services, etc.

Prescription Information – Rhode Island

This 2010 fact sheet (the most recent available) details who within the Medicare D plan is available for the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program, which subsidizes the cost of prescription drugs based upon income.

Programs and Services – Rhode Island

This site, on Rhode Island’s Division of Elderly Affairs web site, lists all the programs and services available to seniors, families, and caregivers.

Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program

Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program – services for Idaho citizens on Medicare. is a comprehensive source of housing information and services for seniors and their caregivers.

SHIP Regional Contact Information

Contact information for local counselors who help South Carolina Medicare recipients understand their benefits.

SHIP: Medicare Advantage Plans

Descriptions of the various types of Medicare Advantage plans available in Arizona.


Shopper’s Guide for Health Insurance for Senior Citizens

This section of the Alabama Department of Insurance Web site provides information about Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap) and long-term care insurance for Alabama’s senior citizens. The site includes a list of plan providers and plan details.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Links to Texas benefits counselors can explain Medicare prescription drug coverage and assist you with other insurance issues.

Utah Department of Human Services: Insurance Programs

Medicare, Medicaid and long term health insurance information.

Wisconsin guide to health insurance for people with Medicare

This downloadable document provides a guide to Medicare in Wisconsin, including basic overviews of Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare supplement policies, plus links to other programs like Wisconsin state health assistance insurance program, a glossary of terms and a Medicare Supplement policy checklist.

Your Medicare Rights

A brief, bullet-point guide to what people covered by Medicare have a right to do and ask for from their providers, what health services they have guaranteed access to, etc. The list is written by Healthcentric Advisors, a Rhode-Island based non-profit providing consulting, education, resources and quality improvement services in the healthcare industry.

‘Medicare Man’ Questions and Answers

This section of the Arkansas Insurance Department site answers Medicare-related questions sent in by Medicare beneficiaries.

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