Our Story


OUR Story

Health Action Council was founded in 1983 by five companies who wanted to get more value from the millions of dollars they were spending on healthcare coverage for their employees. They banded together to work with hospitals to ensure their employees were receiving efficient, affordable quality care.

Soon we evolved into a much larger coalition of employers that leveraged its combined purchasing power to obtain medical, prescription, and vision coverage for their employees at rates they would be unable to secure if they negotiated with insurance companies on their own.

In addition, in 2008 Health Action Council formed Health Quality Forum (HQF), a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) subsidiary. This entity focuses on high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and enables employer members to collaborate with health plans, physicians, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and other key stakeholders to accelerate progress toward improving the health of employee and regional populations. 

Health Action Council has evolved further into an organization that provides its members more than just high-quality group purchasing products and services. It strives to be a thought leader that convenes key stakeholder groups to look at the nexus of business and health.

We recognize that a company’s employees are its greatest asset as well as its greatest liability in terms of the company’s success in the marketplace and its role in its community. Healthy employees are more productive and therefore able to contribute more to the success of their company and the health of their communities.

Key facts about Health Action Council

  • Approximately 230 members
  • 2.6M unique covered individuals
    • Every U.S. state
    • 95% of counties 
    • 70% of zip codes 
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