WASHINGTON, DC (December 12, 2017): The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) – a coalition of employers, insurers, life science companies, PBMs, brokers, agents, patient groups, and physician organizations – presented Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) with the Affordability Champion award, the organization's highest honor.
The CAHC Affordability Champion Award is given annually to Members of Congress, administration officials, and Congressional staff for their work to contain health care costs through bipartisan, commonsense solutions. Representative Schrader is the only House Democrat to receive this recognition.
CAHC President Joel White released the following statement:
"Representative Schrader has been a constant leader in seeking to stabilize health insurance markets and solve the most pressing challenges under the Affordable Care Act," said CAHC President Joel White. "This Congress, he joined with members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to champion a market stabilization framework that would have repealed the onerous medical device tax, protected insurance subsidies for vulnerable Americans, and spurred state innovation through technical changes to Section 1332 waivers, among other provisions. His efforts to bring certainty and stability to healthcare exchanges and protect patient access to care are truly commendable. On behalf of our diverse membership, CAHC is pleased to award Representative Schrader with this well-deserved honor and extends to him our gratitude for working to lower the cost of healthcare for every American."
Joining Representative Schrader in receiving the Affordability Champion award this year are Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Congressional staff award recipients: Adam Buckalew with the House Energy and Commerce Committee Majority Staff (R) and Kristen O'Neill with the office of Rep. Gene Green (D-TX).
The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) is a broad-based alliance with a primary focus: bringing down the cost of health care for all Americans. CAHC promotes policies that lower health costs through increased competition, informed consumers and more choices to help promote access to affordable coverage. Learn more at CAHC.net.