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Tips for Finding & Exploring Educational/Policy/Advocacy sites
- Whether the group is an educational/policy group, advocacy organization, or professional association, be sure to read the section of its web site that describes the mission and goals of the group. This is usually an "About us," link.
- Most educational/think tank/policy sites will have an "Issues" or "Topics" link--be sure to check this out.
- To find advocacy groups, think about trade or professional associations that may be invested in health care.
- Once you find an advocacy organization, look for links on its
website to "news alerts," "legislation or legislative action,"
Research Organizations and Professional Associations
American Institutes for Research: Health
“AIR is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. “
Center for Retirement Research
Located at Boston College, the stated goals of the Center are "to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to a broad audience, to help train new scholars, and to expand access to valuable data resources. "
Council on Employee Benefits
"CEB, founded in 1946, is composed of major corporations having a common interest in the management of employee benefits. "
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
EPI is a well-known progressive think tank which publishes research and analysis on employment and public policy issues. Many of their publications and articles, plus data and graphs on employment and wage demographics, are available on their web site.
Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI)
EBRI aims "to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education." The web site offers a wealth of research reports and articles on retirement, health insurance, and social security. The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits can be downloaded by chapter.
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Created in 1954 as the National Conference of Health and Welfare Plan Trustees and Administrators, the foundation describes itself as "a nonprofit organization, dedicated to being a leading objective and independent global source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information. “
Kaiser Family Foundation
KFF is a non-profit foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S. Kaiser develops and runs its own research programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations. It publishes most of its reports online, and also acts as a clearinghouse for news and statistics about health care policy, including Medicaid and Medicare, State Policy, Minority Health, and Women's Health Policy.
Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)
The LII, from Cornell University Law School, is a well-known source for the text of national and state laws, Supreme Court Decisions, and other legal information. See the "Law about..." sections for overviews on the laws of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Health.
National Academy for State Health Policy
This organization's objective is to help states achieve excellence in state health policy and practice. Many of its reports, covering such topics as Medicaid, children's health, and cost containment, are available online.
National Academy of Social Insurance
This is a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policy making on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas. Other key interest area include Medicare, worker's compensation, and unemployment insurance.
National Health Policy Forum
The papers and reports of NHPF cover a broad range of health policy topics, such as coverage and access, federalism, Medicaid, Medicare, and children's health, as a means of increasing informed government decision making. Objectivity is maintained through it's initial participant-driven structure, current steering committee and in collaboration with the George Washington University.
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Its work is carried out by eight projects, which include Pew Hispanic Center (http://pewhispanic.org/) and the Social & Demographic Trends project (http://pewsocialtrends.org/).
Rockefeller Institute: Health Care
A public policy institute, part of the New York State higher education system. They examine many different relevant topics, including health care law and policy.