Official U.S. Government Sites

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS)
CMS is the U.S. agency that manages Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). On this site, you can find information about coverage and benefits for these programs.

U.S. Administration on Aging(AoA)
AoA is the U.S. government agency that advocates for older persons and their concerns. AoA works to inform people about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the nation, as well as the needs of older people. This site contains educational material on aging-related issues.

Administration on Developmental Disabilities(ADD)
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities works to help people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible and to make the general public aware of this population's needs and potential.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates the safety of drugs that are available to American consumers. It identifies drug safety concerns and recommends actions to improve the safety of prescription and non-prescription drugs and to protect the public health.

National Council on Disability(NCD)
CMS is the U.S. agency that manages Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). On this site, you can find information about coverage and benefits for these programs.

US Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs serves former members of the American military. This site contains information about veteran health care benefits, pensions, and educational opportunities for veterans.

Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration manages Social Security retirement and disability payments. This site has benefits information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Other Useful Sites

Abledata provides information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation aids, like wheelchairs, telephones for the hard of hearing, and home safety equipment.

AARP is a membership organization for people age 50 and over. It provides its members with information about aging-related issues like health, community living, and personal finances is a free interactive community that connects people caring for their elderly parents to other caregivers, personalized information, and local resources.

Benefits Check Up
Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, and utilities, but are unsure of what programs are available to help them pay for these basic needs. Benefits Check Up allows users to find benefits they are eligible for.

Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is designed to help older adults and their families and caregivers find services for seniors by identifying trustworthy local support resources. The goal is to provide users with the information and resources that will help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

Find your legislator
Get contact information for your State and US Legislators by entering your home address into the form provided on this web page.

Medline Plus
Medline Plus has information about specific medical conditions and medications, as well as a database where you can search for healthcare providers in your area.

National Family Caregivers Association
Do you provide care to a member of your family? If so, you may want to visit the National Family Caregivers Association website. It has information for family caregivers, including a resource library and caregiver forum.

Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman
The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a free service available to residents, families, facility staff, and the general public. Ombudsmen respond to a wide variety of resident concerns, including problems with resident care, medications, billing, lost property, meal quality, evictions, guardianships, dignity and respect, and care plans. The program serves residents in nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes.