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What is Single Payer?


Single payer—or Medicare for All—is simply a streamlined financing mechanism where one entity administers the health care funding and payments. It expands the cost-effective and administratively efficient Medicare program to cover everyone in the United States. Health care delivery remains private and patients are guaranteed choice of care from providers. The National HCH Council supports the insurance expansions included in the Affordable Care Act, but while this reform is welcome, it does not address many inequities of the health care system. The National HCH Council supports all efforts to expand comprehensive and affordable health coverage.

Learn more: What Is Single Payer?

Read our Statement: Medicare For All & the HCH Community

*NEW* Comparative Analysis Paper, August 2020, COVID-19 Response in Countries with Single-Payer & Implications for Impoverished Populations

Issue Brief, July 2020: COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Further Illustrating the Benefits of ‘Medicare-for-All’

See a recording of the June 2020 virtual caucus meeting: The Case for Medicare for All: COVID-19 hosted by Rep. Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Dingell (D-MI) featuring our own Barbara DiPietro (at minute 41) 

Current National Legislation

Get Involved

  • Visit the Hub of Resources on the Medicare for All Act of 2019
  • Join Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Look up local single payer chapters
  • Sign Up  for action alerts from Health Care-Now




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*All National HCH Council advocacy work is funded by dues from Organizational Members of the Council and by private donations. Consider joining the Council or donating to the Council to support this work.

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