AARP: Health Insurance and Medicare
AARP is a nonprofit membership organization advocating for persons 50 and older. This site offers user-friendly information related to the Medicare system. AARP also offers Answers to Common Questions about the Medicare Legislation.
The Consumers Union
The Consumers Union is the non-profit publisher of CONSUMER REPORTS. The Medicare section of the Web site has fact sheets and a drug cost calculator for the new prescription plan.
The Century Foundation Medicare Watch
This site offers detailed information about Medicare and many related resources and links. It covers the basics of Medicare, news, research and development, a list of experts and more.
Families USA: The Voice for Healthcare Consumers
This national nonprofit, non-partisan organization offers a multitude of resources related to Medicare and health care.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides numerous resources related to Medicare and Medicaid.
History of Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Among the resources at this site is a timeline showing how and when the program was established.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation provides non-partisan information on national health issues to policymakers, the media, and the general public. The site also provides a wealth of facts and figures and important contact information on a local level through its State Health Facts Online. Read more from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The League of Women Voters
This Web site features a report by the LWVEF and the Kaiser Family Foundation that clarifies how Americans feel about Medicare reform.
The National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
This commission was in put in place in 1998 to find real solutions for the Medicare crisis. Its Web site includes four factual charts and graphs related to the future of Medicare, as well as other resources.
The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare Coverage
This site offers information and assistance to Medicare users. It also contains a user-friendly glossary of terms related to Medicare and health insurance. The site begins to list common prescriptions prices available with a number of the new discount cards at the of April, 2003.
ONLINE NEWSHOUR: The Medicare System
The NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER provides an extensive history of Medicare and Medicare reform. New elements include a March 23, 2004 roundtable on new projections on the date of Medicare insolvency.
Public Citizen's Congress Watch
This section of this national non-profit public interest organization tracks Congressional proceedings and campaign finance related to health care, prescription drugs and Medicare reform.
The White House
President Bush outlines his goals for Medicare. Listen to the President's radio address or view a multimedia video of President Bush discussing how he will improve the current Medicare system.
Senator John Kerry
The probable Democratic candidate outlines his goals for Medicare.
Estimating the Cost of the
Medicare Modernization Act
A March 24, 2004 presentation by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office
Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. House of Representatives
Additional Sources: NEWSDAY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, The Congressional Budget Office.