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Public Policy Web Resources
Great on-line resources for health policy and advocacy.
01.28.10

Federal Government Sites

Health Care Reform
www.healthcare.gov
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the options available to you in your state. Find insurance options, learn about prevention, compare quality of care, and learn how the law specifically applies to you.

U.S. House of Representatives
www.house.gov
Information on members of the House of Representatives, their committees and legislation.

U.S. Senate
www.senate.gov
Information on members of the Senate, their committees, and legislation.

THOMAS
www.thomas.loc.gov
Legislation summaries, status, and text of congressional bills and public laws from the Library of Congress, developed in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson who wanted the citizenry informed.

The White House
www.whitehouse.gov
Information on Executive Branch initiatives and policies.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
www.cms.hhs.gov
This agency administers Medicare (available to Americans over 65 years of age) and Medicaid (available to economically challenged individuals and administered in conjunction with states). 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
http://www.fda.gov/
The FDA is responsible for regulating the safety of food, drugs, medical devices, vaccines, cosmetics, radiation-emitting products, and tobacco products.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
www.nih.gov
Information on grants available, links to various NIH institutions, and the latest health information, with portions devoted to cancer and related health issues.

National Cancer Institute
www.cancer.gov
The government’s most accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive cancer information from the U.S.'s principal agency for cancer research.

Sites Specializing in Health Policy Issues and Funding

AcademyHealth
www.academyhealth.org
AcademyHealth represents a broad community of people with an interest in and commitment to using health services research to improve health care.

Institute of Medicine (IOM)
www.iom.edu 
A leading source of cutting-edge information and advice concerning health and science policy.

Kaiser Family Foundation
www.kff.org
The Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drugs, health insurance, the uninsured, and cancer.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ)
www.rwj.org
Private funder of grants whose website contains valuable information about research grants to study health care issues.

Media, Journals and Related Sites
Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network (CSPAN)
www.cspan.org
Provides live and taped cable coverage of Congress, the Agencies, Executive and Judicial Branch happenings and key state and local policy issues.

Congressional Quarterly (CQ)
www.cq.com
Provides key information and insight about the political process and players.

MEDLINE
www.medline.com
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this site is one of the most comprehensive bibliographic databases of biomedical journals online.

National Journal
www.nationaljournal.com
Weekly magazine on politics and government, widely read by policymakers.

Roll Call
www.rollcall.com
News about Capitol Hill and politics in Washington since 1955.  Focused on the retirements, resignations and other movements in Congress.

Washington Post
www.washingtonpost.com
Daily newspaper with online subscriptions that focus on news about Washington, national politics and policy.

 

Additional State and Local Resources
Council on State Governments
www.csg.org
This nonpartisan organization brings state leaders together to share capitol ideas, providing them the chance to learn valuable lessons from each other.

National Association for State Health Policy
www.nashp.org
An independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice.

National Conference of State Legislatures
www.ncsl.org
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. 

National Governors Association
www.nga.org
The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors.

U.S. Conference of Mayors
www.usmayors.org
The official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.


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