Medicare is our country's health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities and those who have permanent kidney failure.
The program helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. You have choices for how you get Medicare coverage. If you choose to have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage, you can buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy from a private insurance company.
Your Texas Benefits
State benefit programs help people with little or no money who are in need.
TANF Cash Help, SNAP Food Benefits, Health Care, Support Services, and WIC Food Benefits.
Social Security Administration
Social Security is committed to helping maintain the basic well-being and protection, and pay benefits to over 60 million people including retirees, children, widows, and widowers.
The official link to the U.S. government. This site provides resources to help businesses quickly find compliance information, forms, and contacts from multiple U.S. government websites.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC has an online section on franchises and business opportunities. The site features franchise and business opportunity FAQ, business opportunity fraud alerts, federal and state business opportunity rights and laws, and information on the FTC Franchise Rule.
This site provides statistics from more than 100 government agencies which can be useful when conducting market research.
International Business Brokers Association
IBBA is the world's largest association of business brokers. Through this site, you can also find links to local chapters.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS website offers a broad range of products, services, and resources to educate and assist small business owners and self- employed professionals.
National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)
NADCO is the industry association for the SBA 504 lending partners.
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL)
NAGGL is the industry association for the SBA 7a lending partners.
Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides free counseling to business owners.
Social Security Online
This site allows employers to process W-2's for their employees without the need for specialized software.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Department of Commerce offers information on foreign markets and international trade. Commerce also monitors and enforces compliance with U.S. trade laws and agreements. www.commerce.gov
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
BLS is an agency for the Federal Government that produces labor economic data and statistics.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their businesses.