Public Policy

Through its collective effort with the patient advocacy community, the National Health Council (NHC) has created momentum in Washington, DC, for health care stakeholders and policy makers to recognize patients as an essential part of health care policy discussions. At the heart of all major policy issues the NHC conducts is an unwavering commitment to Putting Patients First®.

Policy Issues

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.

For each of our policy priorities, we develop a set of principles to guide our policy and advocacy work. See a current set of principles.

Medical Innovation

The NHC supports legislative efforts that focus on making sure that limited health care research dollars are spent most effectively to encourage medical innovation that will meet the needs of patients. Learn More

Patient Engagement

Patients should be able to share their perspective about living with their condition and existing treatment options to inform the drug research, development, and regulatory processes. The NHC is working to address current barriers to patient engagement. Learn More

ACA Implementation

Health care reform is not over. The implementation work is just beginning. The NHC has identified several ways to enact meaningful change. Learn More

Putting Patients First®

To help consumers understand their out-of-pocket health care costs as they shop for an insurance plan on the marketplaces, the NHC developed an interactive web-based suite of resources. Learn More