About Patient Advocates and the Role of Patient Advocates

Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate, by Carolyn Clancy, MD
http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient- involvement/health-advocate.html

What is a Patient Advocate? The Assertive Patient
http://www.assertivepatient.org/patient-advocate.html

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
http://www.patientadvocate.org/

Patient Advocacy in Patient Safety: Have Things Changed? By Helen Haskell, MA
https://psnet.ahrq.gov/perspectives/perspective/160/patient-advocacy- in-patient-safety-have- things-changed

Parents Often Catch Hospital Errors Doctors Missed. By Lisa Rapaport
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859577?src=emailthis


Help with Medications

Needy Meds – help with discounted prescriptions
http://www.needymeds.org/

Patient Assistance – Helps patients get their medications
http://www.patientassistance.com/

TogetherRxAccess – help for patients without prescription drug coverage
http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/

Medication Discount Card – prescription discount cards for specific medications purchased at major pharmacies
https://medicationdiscountcard.com/


Help for Seniors

Maryland Department of Aging – Information on how to obtain services and benefits for persons age 60 and older
http://aging.maryland.gov/

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program – Offers one-on- one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare
http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/longtermcare/seniorhealthinsuranceprogram.aspx

District of Columbia Office on Aging – for all senior service inquiries
http://dcoa.dc.gov/

Virginia Department for the Aging - Information, counseling, and referral on aging and long-term care issues for older Virginians
http://www.vda.virginia.gov/

Eldercare Locator – A nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services
http://www.eldercare.gov/


Help for Families of Children with Chronic Illness or Disability

HealthyChildren.Org – Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
https://www.healthychildren.org

KidsHealth – Information about diseases and disabilities
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/medical/


Other Resources

The Empowered Patient Coalition http://empoweredpatientcoalition.org/ and its sister org, Engaged Patients http://engagedpatients.org/ - I highly recommend this site for patients and families facing surgery, treatments for cancer, chronic diseases, and other serious illnesses.

Health Care Rights Initiative http://hcri.org/about/