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2014-01-23 12:29:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help consumers understand their out-of-pocket health care costs as they shop for a marketplace insurance plan, the National Health Council (NHC) has launched PuttingPatientsFirst.net, an interactive web-based suite of resources. PuttingPatientsFirst.net is a unique platform that seeks to make consumers more informed about expected health care costs in the marketplace using a personalized out-of-pocket cost estimator and patient...

2013-11-01 16:23:32

National Health Council applauds HHS clarification on qualified health plans WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Health Council (NHC) applauds the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for clarifying that health care coverage provided through state exchanges is a private service and not public aid. An important benefit of the decision is that people with chronic diseases and disabilities will be able to continue using patient assistance programs (PAPs),...

2013-10-29 16:25:10

TOWSON, Md., Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is pleased to announce that the Foundation has met all of the requirements of the National Health Council (NHC) Standards of Excellence Certification Program(®). The standards cover the areas of governance, human resources, programs, fundraising, finance, accounting, reporting and evaluation. "IDF has always maintained high standards and implemented best practices while...

2013-07-11 12:27:48

National Health Council Calls for Greater Patient Engagement WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An overwhelming majority of people with chronic and rare diseases (83%) and family caregivers (81%) who took part in a national survey agree that engaging patients in research can improve the value of health research. Understandably, the survey participants also value research that measures things that patients care about, such as daily functioning (87% of patients and...

2012-11-20 16:29:10

National Health Council: It's a Great Day for the Patient Advocacy Community WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Health Council (NHC) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for including several of the NHC's recommendations in the proposed rule on essential health benefits (EHB) issued today. "The federal government heard the concerns of the patient community, and the result is an exchange benefit package that will help people living...

2012-11-05 12:24:24

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 50% of all revenue for patient advocacy organizations comes from individual donations. People now have an easy way to determine if that patient organization meets the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and ethical practice. Simply visit the National Health Council (NHC) Giving Guide at www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/giving or look for the Standards of Excellence® logo on the organization's website. The NHC Giving...

2012-06-28 06:27:36

Urges All Parties Involved in Health Care to "Move On" With Implementation WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Health Council (NHC) President Myrl Weinberg released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act. "We have felt confident throughout that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The patient advocacy community is very pleased with the Supreme Court and its decision to uphold the...

2012-06-07 02:24:37

Patients Concerned about the Privacy Rule's Impact on Research WASHINGTON, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People with chronic conditions and their family caregivers were surprised, disappointed, and angry to learn that federal privacy laws are inhibiting medical research that could lead to new treatments and cures. The National Health Council (NHC) today released the results of its focus group study on patient understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...

2012-03-27 10:23:47

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The patient advocacy community today released a statement to show solidarity in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The statement was signed by approximately 30 of the nation's leading patient advocacy organizations that serve people with chronic diseases and disabilities. To view the statement and the signatures of the CEOs of the organizations, go to...

2011-11-29 12:05:00

Rep. Leonard Lance and the National Health Council Join Forces to Encourage Development of New Treatments and Cures WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey has introduced legislation aimed at "modernizing our nation's drug and diagnostics evaluation and regulatory network" -- the MODDERN Cures Act. The bill was developed in concert with the National Health Council, an organization that provides a united voice for people with...