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Last updated January 1, 2014

Activism and Advocacy, and Patient Rights


Chemical Sensitivities
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Medi-Cal & Medicare Cuts: Not the right way to balance the budget

Patient Rights
Filing Complaints On Physicians, Hospitals and Health Plans
Health Plan "Duty of Ordinary Care" to Provide Medically Necessary Services
Pain Patient's Bill of Rights (California)
Patients Rights to Access Personal Medical Records [Sampe Letters: Text; PDF]
Your Rights Under HIPAA


Advocacy - For Patients and their Advocates
Dealing with Kaiser and Other HMOs
The Kaiser Papers
HMO Patient Self-Defense Kit
Invisible Disabilities
From the Mouths of Idiots
When Your Insurance Company Won't Pay: 12 Tips


Nonprofit Organizations Addressing Patient's Rights
Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumers Rights
The California Patient's Guide

Kaiser Family Foundation (not related to Kaiser HMO)
Consumer Guide To Handling Disputes with Your Employer or Private Health Plan

Center for Health Care Rights




Chemical Injury Awareness Project
Making Your Voice Heard


Letters I've Written
A Question of Access: Sonoma County Public Library
Letter to Dateline/NBC
This is CFIDS (Senate Appropriations)
Wall Street Journal and The Today Show


The Politics of Health
The Brucellosis Triangle
The Extremely Unfortunate Skull Valley Incident
Lack of Health Insurance and Decline in Overall Health in Late Middle Age
The Best Defense: The Nation's Public Health System Needs...a System.

If senators, congressment and other federal officials...
...had to live on social security when they retired or became disabled, wanna bet that the disability and retirement benefits would actually cover living expenses and Medicare would cover prescription drugs, hearing aids, eye glasses, and other necessities that presently force the disabled and seniors to live at or below the federally established poverty level and receive inadequate (and often substandard) medical and health care... ?

And what about working women, who earn $0.72 for every $1 their male counterparts for doing the same job, and those women who stayed home to raise their children, or worked in such low paying, under-valued jobs such as day care workers, or worked part-time jobs to be home for the kids after school? Over 20% of women over retirement age in this country are living below poverty level.

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor And Pensions
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(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 224-1975 - TDD
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