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Senator Jeff Bingaman is awarded the Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) awarded Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico its annual Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service today, in honor of outstanding work on improving health care. The Award is bestowed upon a current or former government official or a physician acting in an official capacity (state or federal, executive or legislative) who has provided outstanding public service toward improving the delivery of health care.

Senator Bingaman is a member of the Senate Finance Committee with oversight responsibility for Medicare and Medicaid. The Senator also authored the HealthCARE Act of 2003. This bill was based on ACP's proposal to achieve affordable coverage for all American in a decade.

He is also a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee which has oversight over research, public health, and FDA issues. He is only one of three members on both health care committees.

In addition to the HealthCARE act the Senator has had many other legislative accomplishments in improving health care. He sponsored S.1016, the Start Healthy Stay Healthy Act of 2001; this is legislation that allows states to cover pregnant women though S-CHIP Regardless of age. He also sponsored S. 1498, the "Health Workforce Advisory Commission Act"; this created a Health Workforce Advisory Commission to address health workforce issues beyond the scope of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME), which is primarily focused only on graduate medical education (GME) issues for physicians.

"We appreciate Senator Bingaman's commitment to working on health care issues. He is in a key position to shape the health care debate in the coming years," said Charles K. Francis, MD, FACP, president of ACP.

"Senator Bingaman is a great listener, a thoughtful leader and always available to his constituents," said Robert G. Strickland , MD, FACP, governor of ACP's New Mexico Chapter.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

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Jack Pope (202) 261-4556, jpope@acponline.org
Jacquelyn Blaser, (202) 261-4572, jblaser@acponline.org

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