About The Forum


The mission of the National Health Policy Forum is to contribute to a better-informed policymaking process by providing information and opportunities for dialogue for federal health policy staff in pursuit of a high-quality health care system that improves health and is affordable, equitable, efficient, and sustainable.


The Forum’s staff comprises a small group of health policy analysts with a wide range of technical knowledge and experience gained by work in the public and private sectors. A fierce commitment to independence and neutrality is our hallmark, and we believe that giving policymakers practical and balanced information in a press-free zone leads to better decisions. Forum operations are funded primarily by private foundations and are based at the George Washington University under the Office of the Vice President for Research.


The Forum provides a learning environment for federal health policy staff in which they can authentically explore the issues, challenges, and trade-offs of health policy decisions, without the glare of the media or the pressure of special interest groups.

Our programming offers opportunities to forge bipartisan relationships among staff of the Congress, the executive branch, and key influencers of the health policy community. We develop Forum meetings, publications, and site visits that give participants access to experts and thought leaders and bring policy issues to life. Our content addresses the range of staff needs, from basic education on specific policies, programs, and issues, to complex analyses of the health care system, including information from important research studies, demonstrations, and innovative community efforts.


The Forum’s core audience is congressional staff from committees, member offices, and support agencies, and executive branch staff from relevant departments and agencies. Key agencies and offices include: the Congressional Budget Office; the U.S. Government Accountability Office; the Congressional Research Service; the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission; various offices within the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration; and other federal offices and departments such as the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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