Alliance of Specialty Medicine honors lawmakers with leadership award

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 20, 2004

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The Alliance of Specialty Medicine honored four members of Congress with the Hugh Williamson Award for Congressional Leadership Aug. 31 at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Republican National Convention in New York.

Award recipients were Sen. John Ensign (R, Nev.), Sen. Charles Grassley (R, Iowa), Rep. James C. Greenwood (R, Pa.), and Rep. Nancy Johnson (R, Conn.). The award is named for a Revolutionary War surgeon, signer of the Constitution and member of both the Continental Congress and the first U.S. House of Representatives.

"These members of Congress have worked tirelessly on behalf of our nation's physicians and their patients," said alliance Chair John Barnes. "Individually they have made needed improvements to Medicare, improved patient's access to specialty care and affordable prescription drugs, and supported important medical liability reform legislation. Together their efforts, as true advocates for this nation's health, have resulted in greater fairness for both patients and physicians, ensuring that Americans have continued access to timely specialty care."

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