AfPA’s National Council of Physician Legislators is a physician-led nonpartisan forum to promote interstate communication between physicians serving in our state legislatures. With the escalating nexus between government policy and the practice of medicine, the role of the physician-legislator is more significant than ever. With respect to health care issues, physicians serving as elected officials are often in a unique position to shape policy.

Sponsored by the Alliance for Patient Access, the NCPL facilitates the exchange of ideas and policies on issues impacting the practice of medicine.  The members currently consist of 40 physician-legislators representing 23 states.

The National Council of Physician Legislators facilitates communication among the physician legislators through the following activities:

  • Distribution of a membership directory, to facilitate easy connection with peers working on similar issues
  • Newsletters, highlighting individual member’s work on health care legislation
  • Quarterly issue briefs on current legislation
  • Informal breakfasts in conjunction with national meetings, including at the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments

Joining the National Council of Physician Legislators

All physicians serving in state legislatures are invited to join the National Council of Physician Legislators. There are no membership dues.   To join or inquire more, please contact the facilitator of the National Council of Physician Legislators, Bob Rafferty. Bob can be reached at 515-314-9462 or via email at [email protected]

Policy Resources


Physician Legislators Discuss Key Issues in Los Angeles
National Council of Physician Legislators Newsletter, September 2018

Introducing NCPL’s New National Co-Chair, Senator Alvarado
National Council of Physician Legislators Newsletter, July 2018

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