Medical Insurance Resources

The following are insurance resources for the entire Medical Insurance section.

This will provide you with direct access to some organizations and government departments (Medicare, URAC, JCAHO, NCQA, and Dept. of Labor) and several other sites for additional information on medical insurance.

A resource from Consumer Reports, which provides excellent information on things to consider when selecting insurance policies.

Provides pointers from on how to select an insurance policy and the various types of policies available.

URAC Utilization Review Accreditation Commission provides accreditation of insurance provider’s utilization review, case management, credentialing, health plans and more.

NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance provides grades for insurance providers’ PPO, HMO and POS plans in addition to grading the providers themselves.

JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations provides accreditation for hospitals, home care, same day surgery facilities, other outpatient facilities (such as GI labs) and more.

Click here, or call them 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). The website will provide you with information regarding your Medicare eligibility, and plans available to you if you are eligible for Medicare.

Medicaid eligibility is described on this page, and you can find the page for general Medicaid information here. For further information, you can call your local Medicare office (listed in the phone book under "Social Security Administration") or find a local Social Security office here.

This resource provides support and resources to Medicare recipients.

U.S. Dept. of Labor (US DOL). The US DOL website under the topic of "consumer information on healthcare", provides a wealth of information that can address your questions regarding ERISA.

Information on financial support for long-term care needs for veterans and their spouses.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners provides a variety of information including links to state-by-state Insurance Regulators, samples of complaint letters, how and where to file complaints, consumer topics and information for specific audiences (military, teachers, persons with disabilities, etc.) A great compilation of information.

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