Educate, Empower, Enact.

Patient Congress

The 14th Annual Patient Congress:

Patient Congress, Patient Advocate Foundation’s largest national meeting held in Washington, DC, is attended by patients, caregivers, nurses, physicians, pharmaceutical representatives, insurance executives, and advocacy group representatives. Each year, Patient Congress has an average attendance of 100 attendees from each of the 50 states. Patient Congress is a two-day symposium that strives to educate attendees on current healthcare legislation at the Federal level and provide them with a forum through which they can effect change through constituent visits with their Congressional member. All of the activities are designed to empower the attendees, allowing them to use their voice in an educated, informed way to effect change both legislatively and personally through treatment decisions.

PAF was excited to convene its 14th Annual Patient Congress in Washington, D.C. on June 19-20, 2013 at the Washington Court Hotel located at 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Attendees of the 14th Annual Patient Congress consisted of patients, caregivers, nurses, physicians, pharmaceutical representatives, insurance executives, advocacy group representatives and National Patient Advocate Foundation's President’s Council Members. This year, we had a total of 128 attendees and of those attendees, 86 people attended hill visits. These attendees completed 162 hill visits that included 100 in the U.S. Senate and 62 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their visits included 98 with Democrats, 63 with Republicans, and 1 with an Independent member.

Key Position Points:

  • Preserve Patient Access to Community Care
  • H.R. 460 "Patients' Access to Treatments Act"

The 13th Annual Patient Congress Experience - in our attendees own words...

“Very informative and a great opportunity to learn from experts in advocating ‘on the Hill’. I am so impressed with your group.”

“Patient Congress is an empowering experience that provides me with the conscience to continue the hard work necessary.”

“...All aspects of the conference were both entertaining and informative.”

*The President's Council members advise Foundation Founder and Chairman of the Board, Nancy Davenport-Ennis and senior staff, as well as represent the Foundation on high-level policy matters. Since launched in January 2012, the President's Council members have actively engaged with policymakers and elected officials on a variety of health care access issues.