Congressman Devin Nunes Receives
2017 AAA Legislative Recognition Award
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Congressman Devin Nunes of California with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.
Congressman Nunes will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s California Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Golden State are Amanda Wilkinson of American Ambulance of Visalia; Lyle Armstrong of Del Norte Ambulance; and Ivan Gonzalez, Chana Alexander, Peter Hastings and Deborah Rath of American Medical Response.
Congressman Nunes was selected for the Legislative Recognition Award for championing the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention and Reform Act, which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance add-on increases and the super rural bonus payment. The legislation, HR 745 from the 114th Congress, would also treat ambulance services more like providers of health care, and would require CMS to collect cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would result in usable information for future reform of the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. Congressman Nunes was also chosen for championing efforts to ensure that rural areas are correctly identified as such under the CMS fee schedule.
AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Congressman Nunes has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in California and across our country. We thank him for his dedication and commitment.”
Congressman Nunes has represented California’s 22nd congressional district since 2003. He is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade.
In appreciation of his ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to honor Congressman Nunes with a Legislative Recognition Award.
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About the American Ambulance Association
Founded in 1979, the AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. The Association serves as a voice and clearinghouse for ambulance services, and views prehospital care not only as a public service, but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.
AAA Stars of Life
The Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Stars of Life honors the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as the 2017 Stars of Life. Meet the stars at www.stars.ambulance.org.
AAA Mission Statement
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