Health Advisory Council Member Forum


Welcome to the members-only discussion forum for the NCL Health Advisory Council!

Please use this form to share your questions, suggestions, ideas, news, and events here. We look forward to robust discussion among our valued Council members.

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NCL Ensuring Consumer Access to Healthcare Conference

Posted by Karin Bolte on December 09, 2016



Thanks to all of our Health Advisory Council Members who joined us on November 16th at the National Press Club for NCL’s Ensuring Consumer Access to Healthcare conference. The conference brought together patient and consumer advocates, healthcare professional organizations, pharmaceutical and healthcare industry representatives, health plans, and government officials for an engaging discussion of the impact of the election and consumers’ healthcare access problems and solutions.

Discussion panels included:

  • The 2016 Election: The Implications for Healthcare Access
  • The Move Towards Value-Based Healthcare to Improve Patients’ Access to Care
  • Improving Access to Care for the Underserved and Minority Populations, moderated by Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General

Conference attendees particularly appreciated the diversity of the audience and speakers and the thought-provoking examination of the current health policy landscape.


Karin Bolte, Health Policy Director


NCL-AHIP Partnership: MyHealthPlanGuide

Posted by Karin Bolte on September 27, 2016



In August, NCL announced its new partnership with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to create accessible, educational content to help consumers develop the literacy skills needed to better navigate the complex and changing health care system. Central to the partnership is a new interactive website for consumers, named MyHealthPlanGuide, which is slated for launch in early October. We look forward to sharing this resource with you!


Karin Bolte, Health Policy Director



NCL submits comments to FDA on Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) VI

Posted by Janay Johnson on August 18, 2016



Hello all!

This past Monday, Karin and I attended the FDA public meeting on the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. In addition to submitting comments, Karin testified to the FDA during the open public comment section on behalf of the National Consumers League. NCL expressed its support for the PDUFA program and many of the features of PDUFA VI, but offered a few recommendations for additional PDUFA VI activities and stressed the need for FDA to remain independent and maintain its high standards for safety, efficacy, and quality of prescription drugs.

NCL’s full comments are available here.

All the best,

Janay Johnson, Health Policy Associate


Welcome to the Health Advisory Council members-only online community message board!

Posted by Karin Bolte on April 04, 2016



Welcome to the Health Advisory Council members-only online community message board.

Our members have stated that one of the most valuable aspects of the Council is the ability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders. We encourage you to utilize this online resource to engage with other members and share questions, news, ideas, and resources.

Thank you for your participation in the Health Advisory Council. We look forward to working with you.


Karin Bolte, Health Policy Director