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If you want to stay in tune with public policy affecting long term care, keep these sites bookmarked in your browser:

GPO Access, from the National Archives and Records Administration, grants access to the Federal Register, the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential documents; the Congressional Record, the official daily record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress; and other government publications. Also accessed at

The Web site for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality features clinical information, medical research, funding opportunities, research findings and quality assessment issues.

The Administration on Aging's Web site offers a wealth of news, statistics and studies on the aging of America's residents.

This site for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation includes Disability, Aging and Long Term Care Policy, which handles developing, analyzing, evaluating and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health and long term care needs of children, working age adults and older persons with disabilities; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

BNA Inc. -- the Bureau of National Affairs -- is the world's foremost publisher of print and electronic news, analysis and reference products, providing intensive coverage of legal and regulatory developments for professionals in business and government. The Web site includes Hill Watch, a twice-monthly summary of legislative activity on Capitol Hill sorted by category, and a Current Developments, which follows news developments in those same categories.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site offers the latest news and medical data on health matters, from new diseases to cost of treatment for medical facilities.

The official U.S. Census Bureau site from the Department of Commerce offers statistics and demographic notes on everything involving Americans' lifestyles, from population, age and genealogy to residence locations and spending habits.

The new site for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration. According to Health and Human Services Director Tommy G. Thompson, "It's more than just a new name -- it's an increased emphasis on responsiveness to beneficiaries and providers, and quality improvement."

The Council of State Governments "tracks trends across states and across multiple disciplines and issue areas." That work includes that of the Health Policy Group, which follows developments nationwide in matters such as prescription drug coverage, Medicaid costs, chronic illness and disease management, and state and federal relationships.

The home page for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, loaded with the latest news and medical developments in aging, safety and wellness, diseases and medical conditions, drug and food, policies and regulations, and more.

As "the voice for health care consumers," FamiliesUSA aims to educate, inform and activate those who have an interest in making the Medicaid program as effective as possible and protecting its critical benefits for the people who count on it. Features press releases on new Medicaid developments, analysis of legislation, a Medicaid budget cuts calculator and more.

This site from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps people up to date on the latest health news, medications and medical technology, and toxicology research.

The gateway to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies, including health, economic, income and demographics.

An all-in-one resource designed to help you track down whatever governmental information you're looking for, from research and development publications to U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Has access to more than 30 million government Web pages.

"The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal," with millions of Federal, State, and Local Web pages indexed and organized by topic area.

The U.S. General Accounting Office acts as a monitoring agency for the rest of Congress. The site features reports, legal decisions and opinions about appropriations, bid protests and major federal agency rules.


Health Canada is the government sponsored medical information site for our friends north of the border.

The home page for the U.S. House of Representatives offers access to contact info for each of the nation's U.S. Representatives, as well as new legislation, committee hearings and other news. exchange

The Duke University Center for Health Policy, Law and Management is a gateway page that offers links to numerous other sites on health policy issues, including new developments, health care system comparisons, upcoming conferences and meetings, and public health coverage.

The Web site for the Federal Citizen Information Center bills itself as the consumer's tool for learning about the U.S. government's information resources. Also accessed at

The "Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare" features provider, consumer and technical detailed information on Medicare. Includes nursing home and home health comparisons, updates on new regulations and news on other topics pertaining to long term care.

The home page for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent federal body that advises the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. The site features information about the commission, upcoming meetings and links to Congressional Web sites.

The home page for the National Conference of State Legislatures includes research and reporting on health care policy at the state and local levels.

The National Institutes of Health Web site includes an A to Z index of NIH health resources, clinical trials, health hotlines and drug information, as well as a Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry and data on Intramural research, special interest groups, library catalogs, journals, training, labs and scientific computing.


Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Technical Information Service site offers access to information in electronic formats. The current inventory of computer products includes more than 1,200 titles since 1990. These include datafiles, databases, and software on diskette, CD-ROM, and magnetic tape.

The Web site for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General offers the latest in fraud prevention and detection news, federal register notices, evaluation and inspection reports, and more.

The ever-vital U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Web site keeps people abreast on ergonomics requirements, public meetings, compliance and inspection issues, and ways to keep employees and businesses safe from injuries and lawsuits.

The home page for the U.S. Senate offers access to contact info for each of the nation's U.S. Senators, as well as new legislation, committee hearings and other news.

The official Web site of the Social Security Administration features the latest on federal regulations, benefits changes, news on recent legislation, disability matters, and research and statistics.

The generic address for all official state Web sites. To reach a specific state's page, type in the state's postal abbreviation in place of XX in the Web address (i.e. is the state Web site for California).

The Library of Congress' legislative information Web site. Thomas loc helps people find legislative data from Capitol Hill on whatever topic they're interested in, from new (or old) bills to which lawmakers support which bills, and links to all federal lawmakers' Web sites.

The Washburn University School .of Law's Web site offers what is probably the nation's most complete database of legal information, providing links to U.S. and state legislation, a law library, legal newspapers and foreign law.

The Web site for the Oval Office and President you-know-who. Offers the latest public policy on major matters such as the economy, national security and health care, as well as Executive Orders, Presidential addresses and health statistics. Word of caution: watch your keystrokes -- accidentally type in "" instead of "" and you'll get a rather explicit surprise.
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