Resources for Health Care Quality

Resources for health care quality

  1.  FREE Prescription Drug Card program Print out as many cards as you need, and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. (http://www.californiarxcard.com)
  2. FREE MEDICAL CARE: Healthy Way LA is for low-income Los Angeles County residents, one of 47 counties participating in the state’s Bridge to Reform program. HWLA patient population will transition into Medicaid per Affordable Care Act.  (http://www.ladhs.org/wps/portal/HWLA)
  3. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.  (http://thehavenfdn.org/)
  4. MusiCares Medical Network:  For musicians, MusiCares works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. Applicants must be uninsured without means to pay for health services and able to document at least five years employment in the music industry, or credits on at least six commercially released tracks. (http://www.grammy.org/musicares/who-we-are)
  5. ASSISTANCE: Health Consumer Alliance is a partnership of consumer assistance programs operated by community-based legal services organizations. “Our common mission is to help low-income people obtain essential health care.” (http://healthconsumer.org/)
  6. ASSISTANCE:  Community Clinic Association of LA County (www.ccalac.org)
  7. ASSISTANCE: The Performing Artists’ Clinic is collaboration between The Actors Fund, MusiCares and Venice Family Clinic. Contact The Actors Fund at 323.933.9244 ext. 55 for information. (http://www.ahirc.org)
  8. PUBLIC POLICY: Every other industrialized nation has achieved universal health insurance. How do other countries do it? “National Health Insurance: Lessons From Abroad.” Century Foundation Press, 2/7/2008 (http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=636)
  9. PUBLIC POLICY: OneCareNow is a grass roots campaign devoted to building a grassroots and netroots movement for universal health care in California. (http://californiaonecare.org/)
  10. PUBLIC POLICY: California Healthcare Foundation. http://www.chcf.org/topics/healthinsurance/
  11. PUBLIC POLICY: Statehealthfacts.org provides easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. http://www.statehealthfacts.org/
  12. PUBLIC POLICY: The Health Policy Institute is a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on key issues in health policy and health services research. (http://ihcrp.georgetown.edu)
  13. RATINGS for HMO and PPO insurance plans, medical groups and services. California Office of the Patient Advocate. (http://www.opa.ca.gov/report_card)
  14. RATINGS: Doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. (http://www.healthgrades.com/)
  15. RATINGS: Find and compare hospitals near you. (http://www.calhospitalcompare.org/)
  16. GUIDE: Consumer Guide for Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in California. Published by Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. http://healthinsuranceinfo.net/getinsured/california/
  17. GUIDE: The California Patient’s Guide: Your Health Care Rights and Remedies (http://www.calpatientguide.org/index.html). By Consumer Watchdog.
  18. HEALTHCARE REFORM MYTHS: http://www.healthcarereformmyths.org
  19. STATE HEALTHCARE REFORM: http://www.healthcare.ca.gov/
  20. FEDERAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: http://healthcare.gov
  21. SURVIVAL: How to Survive a Stay in the Hospital. Article at medicinenet.com (http://tinyurl.com/2apwg2)