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Find a Doctor or Nursing Home
This site from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services provides data about the quality of care at more than 4,700 hospitals around the country. Search by zip code or city and state to access information such as how well local hospitals handle conditions like heart attacks and diabetes.
Medicare Physician Compare
Search by location, name, or specialty. In addition, if you only want to see providers who accept the Medicare-approved amount as payment in full, click on the button that says Yes, only show providers who accept the Medicare-approved amount as payment in full.
NJ Medicaid--Programs for Aged, Blind, and Disabled
People who are aged, blind and disabled may be eligible for one of the Medicaid programs listed: New Jersey Care... Special Medicaid Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled; Medically Needy Section of Medicaid for the aged, blind or permanently disabled; Long-term care for the aged, blind and permanently disabled; Waiver programs for receiving services in the community.
Nursing Home Compare
Provides detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the US. Search by name, city, county, state, or zip code; Compare Quality using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results, and nursing home staff data.
Hospice is a concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a particular emphasis on controlling a patient's pain and discomfort. To locate a hospice, search by city and state.
Reference USA Find U.S. doctors and dentists by name, address, phone number, years of practice, medical school attended, primary speciality, and board certification.
Health and Drug Information
NJ Division of Aging and Community Services
The NJ Division of Aging and Community Services has an online publication, Statewide Benefits for Older Persons, 2011, located at http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/documents/statewide_benefits/statewide_benefit_2011.pdf. Or call 800-792-8820 (toll-free within NJ) for more information. For more information on local programs, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging; Atlantic County Atlantic, (1-888-426-9243 or 609-645-5965).
AARP Pill Identifier
Unsure what your pill is? Enter one or more fields , e.g. imprint, shape, color, to identify it.
Consumer Reports: Best Buy Drugs
This is a free public education service from the nonprofit Consumers Union that will help you talk to your doctor about prescription drugs, and find the most effective and safe drugs that also give you the best value for your money.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center is a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer’s Disease. The ADEAR Center is operated as a service of the National Institute on Aging. Please visit the website or call 1-800-438-4380 for more information.
NIHSeniorHealth.gov is the Web site for older adults. NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for seniors, family members and friends looking for reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This site features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at NIH. Health topics include general background information, videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs), and new topics are added regularly.
Health Classes and Support Groups
Classes (including CPR & First Aid), support groups, and screenings for healthy living are offered here.
Listing of all classes and support groups; most are free. Registration is encouraged for more information call 1-888-569-1000 (Mon-Fri 8:30AM-5:00PM) or register online.
Shore Memorial Hospital
Search for a variety of wellness classes at a reasonable cost. Some free health screenings and support groups are also offered.
Finding Free or Low Cost Insurance in NJ
Atlantic County Prescription Discount Card
The Atlantic County Prescription Discount Card is available to everyone who lives in Atlantic County; there are No income requirements; No age requirements, and there is Unlimited use for the whole family. The card can either be printed out online, or picked up from any Atlantic County Library system branch.
Getting Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited income are also eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs (monthly premiums, deductibles, and co-payments) related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. Apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp; or Call 800-772-1213 to apply by phone Or Apply at your local SSA office.
Medicare makes it easy for you to get information. You can find answers to general questions about eligibility, coverage, compare health and drug plans, and on Medigap policies on this Web site. You can also apply online for Medicare at this site.
Medicare A & Part B Premium Assistance
Assistance for qualified individuals to pay Medicare B premiums--the Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and SLMB Qualified Individual-1 pay partial or full Medicare Part B premiums for eligible New Jersey residents who are not financially eligible for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program under New Jersey Medicaid (also known as New Jersey Care).
To be eligible for New Jersey Medicaid, a person must meet these requirements: resident of New Jersey, U.S. Citizen or qualified alien, and meet income standards. In addition, an individual must fall into one of the following categories: families with children up to age 18, people who are aged, blind or permanently disabled, pregnant women, or children.
Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)
The Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program, PAAD provides coverage for prescribed insulin and insulin supplies. NJ residents who are aged 65 or older and meet income requirements for 2012 of less than $25,312 if single or less than $31,035 if married may be eligible for this program.
Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program
Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program (Senior Gold) is a State-funded prescription program with a different co-payment structure and income eligibility guidelines than those of PAAD. NJ residents aged 65 or older who meet the 2012 income requirements of $25, 312 - $35, 312 if single or between $31,035 and $41,035 if married may be eligible for this program.
PAAD, Senior Gold and the Medicare Prescription Drug Program Coordination Information
New Jersey's Department of Health & Senior Services has created this Web site to help Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled program (PAAD) and Senior Gold Prescription Discount program (Senior Gold) beneficiaries and caregivers learn more about Medicare Part D and what it means for them. Call the Hotline at 1-800-792-9745 for more information and resources.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have questions about their health insurance. Call the SHIP Information Center at 1-800-792-8820.