ACAP Recognizes Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon with 2023 Congressional Leadership Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2023
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ACAP RECOGNIZES SENATOR RON WYDEN OF OREGON WITH
2023 CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
WASHINGTON—Today, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) recognized Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) with its 2023 Congressional Leadership Award. He was recognized for his career-long commitment to championing the cause of affordable and accessible health care for all Americans.
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wyden has been instrumental in shaping vital legislation that has expanded Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income individuals, including children.
His leadership in 2022 helped ensure Medicaid continuous eligibility for children, a key policy priority of ACAP’s for the last fifteen-plus years. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 signed into law by President Biden last December provides stable coverage and care for 44 million children, and made permanent a state option for 12-month postpartum coverage in Medicaid and CHIP, an important tool in combatting our nation’s maternal mortality crisis.
This spring, Senator Wyden continued his efforts by working to protect Medicaid and Medicare from cuts as part of the debt ceiling legislation enacted into law. In addition, he played an instrumental role in securing the extension of the Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC), which have provided crucial financial relief to countless individuals and families seeking health insurance coverage.
“Senator Wyden is steadfast in his commitment to improving the lives of Oregonians and Americans from coast to coast,” said ACAP CEO Meg Murray. “He’s been willing and able to forge meaningful bipartisan partnerships in the pursuit of high quality and accessible healthcare for millions of people of high need across the country.”
The award was presented at ACAP’s 2023 CEO Summit in Washington, D.C.
ACAP represents 80 health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 25 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly sponsored health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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