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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.


To learn more about the NHC’s priority policy areas listed above, please select one of the following issue areas:


Other issues that the National Health Council has commented on:


  • NHC submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Request for Information on Beneficiary Engagement, Incentives, and Behavioral Insights (September 16, 2014)

  • The NHC submitted a sign-on letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking an exemption for patient organizations from the physician Open Payments Program (commonly called the Sunshine Act). The letter was signed by the NHC and over 60 other patient organizations. To read the letter, please click here (September 10, 2014)

  • NHC letter on the Sunshine Act and the impact it could have on research conducted and funded by patient advocacy organizations (December 18, 2013)