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Elder Law Bibliography - Federal Agencies

Administration on Aging —

The Administration on Aging, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, was established as a result of the Older Americans Act of 1965. It is the "federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns." The website offers information about the agency itself, its services, programs and press releases, background and analysis of the Older Americans Act, and extensive links to related sources.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) —

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with researching the quality of health care, patient safety, and cost and use of healthcare services. The website offers clinical information and information for consumers and patients. Topics include clinical practice guidelines, preventive services, health plans, surgery, prescriptions, conditions and diseases and more.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services —  
(formerly the Health Care Financing Administration)

As of July 1, 2001, the Health Care Financing Administration became The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and maintains oversight of the survey and certification of nursing home and continuing care providers. Using this site the researcher can find information on Medicare, Medicaid, statistical reports, press releases, fact sheets, speeches, Congressional testimony, consumer and professional publications, laws and regulations as well as other resources.

Commission on Affordable Housing and Health Care Facility Needs for Seniors in the 21st Century

This Commission was created by Congress to report on the housing and health needs for the next generation of seniors and offer policy and legislative recommendations for enhancing services and increasing the available housing for seniors. Following one year of independent research on housing, service and demographic issues and a series of hearings, the report was presented to Congress on June 28, 2002. In addition to the full text of the report, there are links to hearings, research papers, a news archive, photos, and information about the commissioners.

Consumer Product Safety Commission —

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, created in 1972, is an independent federal regulatory agency. It works to protect people by reducing the risk of injury associated with consumer products. The website offers information about product safety standards and product recalls. Links to regulations and publications are also provided. —, one of President George W. Bush's Initiatives, is a one-stop interagency directory of government links to disability-related information. The links are arranged in broad categories including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and independent living.

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) —
(formerly the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration)

An agency under the Department of Labor, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has oversight as to pensions, health plans and other employee benefits. This resource provides information on compliance assistance, consumer health and pension plans, text of speeches and testimony, and much more.

Federal Citizen Information Center —

The Federal Citizen Information Center, established in 1970, is part of the United States General Services Administration. This center distributes the huge variety of consumer booklets published by the federal government. Full text of the Consumer Resource Handbook and brochures are contained at this site. The brochures are grouped by topic or can be searched by keyword.

Federal Trade Commission —

The Federal Trade Commission enforces "a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws." Its website contains news releases, commission actions, speeches, full text of advisory opinions and testimony, and consumer publications. Searching the website by keyword is available. The site is updated frequently.

Food and Drug Administration —

The Federal Drug Administration is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Service. It is charged with protecting the consumer by enforcing the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and other related acts. The website includes information on topics such as: biologics, food, human drugs, cosmetics, and medical products. This site is the official repository for administrative proceedings and rule-making documents of the FDA. Press releases and "talk papers" containing recent information keep the website current. —, launched in April, 2002, is a collaborative effort of federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Labor (managing partner), Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, State, Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration. The website provides federal and state benefits eligibility information and contains a questionnaire to assist in determining potential eligibility.

Healthfinder —

Healthfinder is a "gateway consumer health and human services information website launched April 1997" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This service leads to selected publications, clearinghouses, and websites on a variety of topics including Alzheimer's Disease, aging, civil rights, discrimination, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Internal Revenue Service —

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), part of the Department of the Treasury, collects the nation's taxes and administers the Internal Revenue Code. The website offers access to tax forms and publications, frequently asked questions, news releases, and information on such topics as current filing season tips, criminal investigations, and tax shelters. The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare —, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, offers links to general information regarding Medicare billing, Medicare appeals process, long term care, and Medicare health plans. Links to current news items such as the Medicare approved drug discount cards are listed in the Features section. The Search tools section includes links to publications, prescription drug and other assistance programs, nursing home compare, home health compare, Medicare personal plan finder, and frequently asked questions.

National Institute on Aging —

The National Institute on Aging, one of the National Institutes of Health, was established in 1974 as a result of the Research in Aging Act and amendments to the Public Health Services Act. Its mission is to "promote healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research and public education." A variety of information can be found at the website including: press releases, news concerning the research efforts with other NIH institutes and federal agencies, and links to related sites.

National Institutes of Health —

The National Institutes of Health is one of the health agencies of the Public Health Service which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. It is the "federal focal point for biomedical research in the United States." The website contains information about the agency, press releases, special reports, and links to the other organizations that make up the NIH. Provides link to National Library of Medicine and free MEDLINE searches.

National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) —

The National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) is a continuing series of national sample surveys of nursing homes, their residents, and their staffs. Data about the facilities include size, ownership, Medicare/Medicaid certification, occupancy rate, and expenses.

Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) —

The Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP), an office within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for developing, evaluating, and coordinating policies and programs that support the independence, health and long-term care of persons with disabilities. It also coordinates policies and research to promote the well being of the elderly. The website offers summaries of reports and research projects, including links to the full text if available. It also features a glossary of terms and a list of common acronyms.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation —

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is a federal corporation created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Its Board of Directors consists of the Secretaries of Labor, Treasury, and Commerce. The PBGC protects the retirement incomes in more than 31,000 defined benefit pension plans. The website offers access to news releases, speeches and testimony, newsletters, laws and regulations, PBGC opinion letters, and forms.

Social Security Online —

Social Security Online is the official site of the Social Security Administration. This site contains publications, reports, forms, Congressional testimony, full text of the Social Security Act, summaries of recent legislation, and links to other resources. Provides on-line access to forms for PEBES (Personal Earnings & Benefit Estimate Statement).

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission —

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, created in 1972, is an independent federal regulatory agency. It works to protect people by reducing the risk of injury associated with consumer products. The website offers information about product safety standards and product recalls. Links to regulations and publications are also provided.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services —

The Department of Health and Human Services is the "principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services." Information available on the website includes: press releases, speeches, congressional testimony, policy and research information, and links to related sources.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development —

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, established in 1965, is responsible for "national policy and programs that address America's housing needs." There is an extensive electronic reading room which contains official guidance and policy statements, HUD Handbooks and regulations, legal opinions, and links to other related sources of concerns to elders.

U.S. Department of Labor —

The Department of Labor “fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements .”

This page discusses health plans and contains links to related topics.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs —

The Veterans Administration was created in 1930. This website was made available in September 1994 and offers information on programs, benefits and facilities, press releases, and fact sheets such as:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission —

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, "enforces the principal federal statutes prohibiting employment discrimination." Information at the website includes:

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission —

The primary mission of The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets. It oversees stock exchanges, broker-dealers, investment advisors, and other participants in the securities market; it promotes disclosure of important information; enforces the securities laws; and protects investors. The website offers links to investor information, online publications, news and public statements, regulatory actions, litigation proceedings, and much more .

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging —

The Senate Special Committee on Aging received permanent status in February, 1977, and is charged with studying "any and all matters pertaining to older people." Information available at this website includes: a list of committee members, news releases, press advisories, a list of hearings with witness lists, reports, and testimony, and links to other government agencies of interest.