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MADISON (April 11, 2014)—The Honorable U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 5-6 in Green Bay. Outgoing Society President Timothy McAvoy, MD, presented the award to Sen. Baldwin for her “commitment to the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s patients, as well as a refreshing willingness to reach across the aisle to work with like-minded individuals to get things done.”
“Senator Tammy Baldwin has made providing access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans her life’s work. In 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and since joining the U.S. Senate, Senator Baldwin has championed legislation to provide better access, better care, and lower health care costs,” said Dr. McAvoy, during the presentation to Sen. Baldwin.
The Presidential Citation was established in 1959 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to medicine or public health.
Doctor McAvoy acknowledged a number of Sen. Baldwin’s accomplishments that have improved health and health care for Wisconsin patients, including spearheading provisions in the Affordable Care Act to allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, as well efforts as to improve health delivery system reforms. She recently introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) to increase health care efficiency and reduce costs via access to Medicare claims data, and with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to provide higher quality care to vulnerable youth in our foster care system.
Doctor McAvoy also cited Sen. Baldwin’s record of extending access to primary care through investments in community health centers and the increased adoption of telemedicine, her work to make sure that Medicare reimbursement policies reflect the realities of rural health care practice, and her recent vote against the latest SGR patch.
“I view the recent SGR patch as a missed opportunity to reduce Medicare costs and enact significant health reforms to finally eliminate the flawed Medicare payment formula,” Sen. Baldwin said. “Wisconsin physicians, health care systems and seniors want to continue moving forward toward a health care system that rewards quality of care over quantity of services. You are right to recognize as I do that the time is now for Washington to take action on putting in place real reforms that just do that. Ultimately this legislation doesn’t do that, and while I opposed it, I will continue my work across party lines on reforms that provide a real and long-term fix to this broken problem.”