Health Advisory Council Newsletter | 2017 Q2


In case you missed it!


On June 6, NCL hosted the Third Annual Health Advisory Council Spring Membership meeting, featuring a panel discussion (pictured) of the current federal health policy landscape. See below for Member updates and click here for the meeting minutes.

In Q2 2017, NCL and Council Members have been active on many fronts. Please read on for NCL policy updates, Q&A’s with two Members, updates, and more.

1health_icon.png NCL health policy at work 

Defending the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid

As part of the Protect Our Care coalition, NCL continues to be actively engaged in the nationwide effort to protect the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. Through statements, letters, and social media channels, NCL is working with its colleagues in the consumer, patient, and public health communities to urge the Senate to reject the harmful American Health Care Act and work instead to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act. 

Click here for more NCL health policy updates. 

1spotlight_icon.png Member spotlight

Get to know two Members—National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and Valeant Pharmaceuticals—with new Q&As.

1members.png Updates on Member programs

Read what our Members reported with the Council at the June annual meeting here.

1staff-icon.jpgNCL staffing news

abihab_92.jpgWelcome NCL’s new Director of Grants and Donor Relations Abiha Bilgrami. NCL is pleased to announce that Abiha Bilgrami has joined NCL as its director of grants and donor relations. Her diverse background includes experience in fundraising, development operations, database administration, project management, community building, event planning and grant writing. Her professional experience includes managing fundraising programs and associated operations for various education and health and human services organizations in Southern California, including Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. 

events.png Save the date! NCL Trumpeter Awards

We hope you will join us on October 25 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for NCL’s Trumpeter Awards Dinner, recognizing leaders in consumer and worker rights. For more information about attending and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lee Granados, NCL senior director of development, at or (202) 207-2829.

1listen.png We want to hear from you!

If you have time-sensitive information and updates you’d like to share with the Health Advisory Council in between NCL’s quarterly newsletters, please contact Karin Bolte ( or Janay Johnson (, and we will be happy to forward your materials to the Council membership. We also encourage you to contact us with your ideas and suggestions for Council activities.


National Consumers League
Published June 29, 2017