Grassroots Advocacy Tool Kit - Courtesy of BMS

Definition of Federal Register: The Federal Register is a little bit like the newspaper of the federal government, and it is here you can find proposed rules and public notices. To learn more about the Federal Register and the rulemaking process, visit: rulemaking_process.pdf Healthcare Regulatory Agencies Working at the pleasure of the President of the United States is an advisory board called the Cabinet. The Cabinet consists of 15 advisory bodies, one of which is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the regulatory agency tasked with protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. In addition to administering Medicare and Medicaid, HHS also oversees the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Some regulators are permanent government employees, and some are political appointees. Definition Medicare: Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and certain younger people with disabilities. Definition Medicaid: Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to some low-income individuals, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Did you know: Medicare and Medicaid combined provide health insurance to one in four Americans. Federal Level Agencies a) AHRQ – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans.

b) CDC – The Center for Disease Control which works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. For example, the CDC was one of the very first agencies to address and help educate the public about the Ebola Virus. c) CMS - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and health insurance portability standards. CMS has ten regional offices. To learn where these regional offices are located, visit: I n f o rma t i on /Reg i ona l Of f i ces / i ndex . html?redirect=/Regionaloffices/ d) FDA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency within HHS that is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of prescription and over-the- counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices. The FDA regulates drug safety, efficacy, and communication. They oversee the drug development process, they have the authority to regulate drug labels and promotional materials, they regulate drug studies and clinical trials, and provide drug approvals and/or denials.


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