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Federal Government Programs

This section includes federal entitlement programs (government programs that provide individuals with personal financial benefits, goods or services whenever they meet eligibility conditions that are specified by the standing law that authorizes the program) such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and laws such as Family Medical Leave Act and COBRA. See individual states for state government and local programs.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Federal agency within Department of Health and Human Services providing information about Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
Information about act which allows, in some cases, for continuation of health coverage at group rates

DisabilityInfo.gov
Comprehensive federal website of disability-related government resources

Family and Medical Leave Act
Eligible employees receive up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for birth/adoption of child or being seriously ill or having to care for an ill family member

Federal Food Stamp Program
Federal assistance for food purchase for low income families

Federal Poverty Guidelines 
Used to determine financial eligibility for certain federal programs, posted each year by the Department of Health and Human Services

Firstgov
United States government's official web portal

Govbenefits
Official government benefits website, locate federal and state benefits and programs

Medicaid
Official United States government site for Medicaid-federal health insurance program for people with low income, managed by state; can search by state

Medicare
Official U.S. Government site for Medicare-federal health insurance program for people 65 or older or those with End Stage Renal Disease

Project Bread
Information on food stamps in Massachusetts with links to other states

Social Security
Official Social Security Administration website; information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves 

WIC-Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
Federal program providing counseling and assistance with food costs to women and young children at nutritional risk

Private Organizations

This section includes private, non-profit, service, charitable and faith-based organizations that can provide resources for a variety of needs.

American Red Cross
Humanitarian organization led by volunteers, providing relief to victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies; search for local chapter and available services

Association of Jewish Family and Children Services
Association of Jewish Family and Children Agencies that provide direct services at the local level; search for local organization

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
One-to-one mentoring for at-risk youth

Catholic Charities
Catholic organization providing services to people across the life spectrum, from adoption to elder services, including counseling and direct services; search by state

Easter Seals
Provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families; search by state

Goodwill
Network of community-based, autonomous member organizations that serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support; search for local organization

Knights of Columbus
Catholic fraternal society, provides money for van conversion, home ramps/lifts, hearing aids; must apply to local chapter

Lion's Club International
Service organization where main program is blindness prevention; search for local chapter

March of Dimes
Organization providing funding, research and advocacy to fight birth defects, prematurity and low-birth weight; search by state

Salvation Army
International organization with local programs, ranging from religious services and evangelistic campaigns to family counseling, day-care centers, youth activities, and general programs at community centers

United Way
Raises funds and mobilizes resources for the many community organizations that are members of the United Way

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