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Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

go to   Web Site Links        Online Databases (RHC Students only)        Books        Library Catalog        Articles        Text-only version for printing

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Citizens for the Right to Know
http://www.rtk.org/

The site explains different types of health plans, offers tips on how to choose a plan, and covers how to file a complaint.  It provides information on California legislation related to health care.  Also, it links to California Internet Formulary Reference where you can check if your plan covers a currently prescribed medicine.  The Formulary is searchable by health condition, drug name, and drug category.

Consumer@ction - Health Care/HMO Publications
http://www.consumer-action.org/english/library/C24

Text of booklets which advise on HMOs, and Medicare and HMOs.  Advice on how to handle an HMO plan, and links for other sources on HMOs.

Fairness.com -- Health Insurance/HMO's
http://www.fairness.com/resources/category?node=201&offset=

This website serves as an "information clearinghouse to help you research any topic related to fairness."  The sire features recently published articles for which links are provided.  The site is weighed toward political and legal issues of topics featured.

HMO Help Center
http://www.hmohelp.ca.gov/

The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) oversees all HMOs in California, as well as other health plans.  Links are provided to various health plans, as well as topics concerning questions and issues about HMOs.

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CQ Researcher
The report "Covering the Uninsured" examines and details various topics within the larger issue of health coverage in the United States.  The report contains links to Web sites, as well as a bibliography on the topics of health care and health insurance.

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The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books
Non-circulating:

Health care : opposing viewpoints
Call number: Ref RA395.A3H4123 2003

Health, United States
Call number: Ref RA407.3.U57A 1995

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Health care rationing -- United States

Health services accessibility -- United States

Managed care plans (Medical care) -- United States

Medical care -- United States -- Cost control

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The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here: https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/.  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SU(health care expenditures) AND GEO(california)  (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
(SUB(health maintenance organizations) and SUB(quality of service) )
(SUB(health maintenance organizations) and SUB(ratings & rankings) )
(SUB(health maintenance organizations) and "Patient's Bill of Rights" )
(SUB(health care policy) and SUB(managed care) )
(SUB(health care expenditures) and GEO(California))

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 4/2000
last update: D. Banton,
Librarian 10/2007

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