Health Care Insurance
This site is produced by the U.S.  Department of Health & Human Services as part of the Affordable Care Act, the recently approved health reform legislation.  The goal is to match a person's situation with options available for affordable health insurance.  This site does not sell insurance, but provides links and information needed to purchase affordable insurance from private companies.
This site is produced by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and offers plan ratings, profiles, and member satisfaction surveys.  You can search by treatment, HMO, or county. (Note: You may want to use this site as a starting point. Some of the information may be dated.  The database is dated 2006, although there are news releases from 2012 and the site is copyrighted in 2013.)
This U.S. News and World Report site offers rankings of the best commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid plans.  You can also search by type of plan or geographic area.  Additionally, the site offers advice on shopping for a health plan and on paying for health care.
Produced by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, this site allows you to search for a plan by name, state, or zip code and then compare various plans.  You can check on number of enrollees, accreditation, access and service, providers, and other details.  Links to the plans' websites are also included.  Several hundred commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid plans are available for review -- although not every plan is covered.
A program offered through the federal and state governments to offer health insurance coverage for children through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  "These programs serve families who are not able to afford health insurance coverage in the private market or do not have coverage available to them". The official CHIP website for Pennsylvania is located here.
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Medicare and Medicaid
A very useful website that offers a number of tools that allow you to compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Health Plan Options, or Nursing Homes.  You can also find out what Medicare covers and if you are eligible and what military retiree Medicare benefits are.  A list of providers and centers are also given.
"The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare". 
A good starting point if you have specific Medicaid questions.

Medicare Interactive Tool
The Medicare Rights Center, an independent non-profit organization, offers this site to help answer questions about Medicare.

Doughnut Hole Calculator
This tool from AARP help you calculate your insurance benefit gap based on your plan.
It also offers alternative medications that may reduce your costs.

This site is "a service of the National Council on Aging" and covers more than 1,850 public and private benefits programs. Some of the topics include: "Finding Benefits Programs", "Applying for Medicare Rx Extra Help", "Help in Paying for Food", and "Getting Eldercare Assistance", "Energy Assistance", "In-home Services", and "Transportation".
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Additional Resources
This site is maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and provides a checklist of things to consider when looking for a health plan,  where to find information about the quality of a plan, how to get the most out of your plan, a guide to managed care, and other useful information. This page has been archived, but still contains good information.

This article from Consumer Reports helps explain the upcoming changes in health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act.
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
This page is maintained by the library staff of  Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 

Last updated: May 14, 2013