WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) has been awarded the 2013 Medicare Access Champion Award by The American Life Sciences Innovation Council (ALSIC). The award recognizes Lance’s leadership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Health Subcommittee, as well as his work on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who depend on access to life-saving treatments they receive through Medicare Part B.
“I am honored by this award but our progress would not be possible if not for the tireless work of patients and their advocates,” said Lance. “Patient advocacy organizations from all across New Jersey have shared with me their stories on the importance of Medicare Part B and maintaining access to critical care, as well as keeping New Jersey a leader in the life sciences sector and an innovator of new treatments. Their mission is mine in Washington.”
Lance has fought to protect Medicare Part B, helping community-based doctors keep their doors open. “Over 80% of U.S. cancer patients receive care in community cancer centers. Medicare Part B keeps this vital life line open and has made a difference in patients having access to the most advanced treatments available – and most important of all – close to home,” continued Lance. “Medicare Part B cuts are not wise. Cuts result in reduced treatment access for patients and, in many cases, higher costs for both patients and Medicare.”
"Beginning with his service in the New Jersey Legislature, Congressman Lance's commitment to the needs of patients is well documented," said Debbie Hart, President and CEO of BioNJ. BioNJ is the trade association for New Jersey's vibrant life science industry and has worked with The American Life Sciences Innovation Council on shared initiatives. "We are pleased to partner with ALSIC in recognizing Congressman Lance's commitment to preserving the benefits that Medicare Part B provides."
The American Life Sciences Innovation Council focuses on developments in federal, state and international policy affecting the breadth of innovative life sciences including medical devices, biopharmaceuticals and diagnostics. The organization engages leaders, trade and professional associations, policymakers and the general public through long-term advocacy campaigns to bring attention to policies that will promote innovation in the life sciences.
Lance was presented with the award at The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.