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Additional health resources are available for you and your family from the following Federal agencies:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Program is working to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by working with states and other partners to increase awareness about appropriate arthritis self-management activities and expanding the reach of programs proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a Federal agency and branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in partnership with state governments and private health insurance programs including Health Insurance Marketplaces and provides information for health professionals, regional governments, and consumers.
Medicare covers the following preventive services related to the health of bones, joints, muscles, and skin for certain Medicare beneficiaries who meet eligibility requirements and certain conditions for coverage for these services:
- Bone mass measurement
- Annual wellness visit
- "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit
- Intensive behavioral therapy for obesity.
Your Guide to Medicare Preventive Services for Medicare beneficiaries is available in both English and Spanish:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is responsible for providing Federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The mission is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.
The following website has a searchable directory to find the nearest IHS, Tribal or Urban Indian Health Program for services.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. The OMH Resource Center offers a variety of information resources, including minority health literature, research, and referrals for consumers, community organizations, and health professionals.
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) works to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls. OWH serves as the focal point for women's health activities within HHS offices and agencies. OWH leads programs to improve women’s health and collaborates across HHS and with other partners on women’s health activities.www.girlshealth.gov
You can order resources by calling toll free 800-994-9662.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
You can order resources by calling toll free 877–SAMHSA–7 (877–726–4727) (TTY: 800–487–4889).
The Veterans Health Administration is America's largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million veterans each year.
For more information about health care benefits for veterans, call toll free 877-222-VETS (8387).