The National Home Oxygen Patient's Association was established in the late 1990s, devoted exclusively to improving the lives of people across the country who require supplementary oxygen on a regular basis. A prestigious group of physicians and allied health professionals, providers, and manufacturers formed the association when they recognized that despite their own efforts to speak on behalf of their patients and customers, oxygen patients truly needed their own organization.

The association's goals focus on four broad areas:

NHOPA Organization

The Association is managed by a Board of Directors. The majority of Board members are individuals receiving supplementary oxygen. The oxygen user Directors are elected by the membership to serve three year terms. These Directors appoint additional non-voting members to the Board who represent the communities of pulmonary medicine and industry. The appointed Board positions are one year terms and include two physicians, one allied health professional, two oxygen equipment manufacturers, and two oxygen suppliers.

The oxygen user members of the Board also elect an Executive Committee to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Association. The Executive Committee meets every other month, alternating with meetings of the full Board of Directors. These meetings are usually one hour in length, via teleconference.

Voting Membership is limited to oxygen users or a member of their immediate family.

NHOPA Membership

Membership is open to anyone who supports the goals of the Association. Categories of membership include oxygen users, health professionals in the field of oxygen therapy, corporations, and individuals who support the Association goals.