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NURS 830: Health Policy: Advocacy in Action

Understanding American Healthcare

The politics around the Affordable Care Act and the state of the American healthcare system in general are in constant flux.  These sites can help you keep track of the ever-changing situation.

Kaiser Family Foundation:

"Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.

We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media,  the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law."

  • Kaiser State Health Facts 
    • The Kaiser Family Foundation also maintains a searchable database of health facts by state in categories such as health costs and health coverage

NPR: Health Care:

National Public Radio reports on challenges to and changes in the Affordable Care Act, and often explores different aspects of the American healthcare system.

New York Times Health: Money & Policy

Stories from the New York Times on healthcare policy, economics and the human dimension of these issues.  If you don't have a NY Times subscription you can access the full text of articles through the Pace library here.


A data visualization website and engine for data related to the USA. Visualizes data from various sources into easy-to-understand graphics.

Federal Government

New York City Government

Become a more informed voter

Government: Who Takes Care of What?

Goverment: Who Takes Care of What?


How Our Laws Are Made

How Our Laws Are Made

How Laws Are Made from

Tools for keeping informed

Countable: Countable is a relatively new site that will keep you informed about what bills are being voted on in Congress, help you contact your representatitves, and let you know how your representatives voted.

Popvox: Popvox keeps you updated on bills at the federal and state level and helps you contact representatives and share information with your networks.

GovTrack: GovTrack is an independent website that tracks legislation in Congress. Includes tools to track representatives and provides an in-house rating system for political leaning of each representative.

Civics 101