The National Health Council (NHC) harnesses the collective power of the patient community to address systemic health care issues that affect all patients. We speak with one unified voice to bring about meaningful change in such areas as support for health research, speedier development of new medications, and access to effective and affordable health care for all people. Our public policy positions reflect the broad input of our member organizations, which represent all segments of the health care community.
Together, we work to bring about a health care system committed to Putting Patients First®.
Our advocacy efforts are guided by an advisory group of senior staff from patient advocacy groups. Representatives from all membership categories also help to identify priorities and develop strategies. In addition, we work with coalitions of like-minded organizations to advocate for policies that help people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.
NHC letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to draft guidance on Coverage with Evidence Development (CED), urging CMS to create a systematic process for engaging the patient community in the development and refinement of policies that affect Medicare coverage (January 28, 2013)
- NHC letter to Office of Human Research Protections at the Department of Health and Human Services on enhancing protections for research subjects and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators (October 26, 2011)