Senator Chuck Schumer Receives
2017 AAA Legislative Recognition Award
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC– The American Ambulance Association (AAA) will honor Senator Chuck Schumer of New York with a Legislative Recognition Award in appreciation of his advocacy for emergency medical services.
Senator Schumer will be presented this award in June in Washington, DC by AAA’s New York Stars of Life—EMS personnel selected for their excellence and dedication. This year’s Stars from the Empire State are William Bailey, Danielle Cohen, Benjamin Cohen and Robert Mazzo of Northwell Health EMS, and Jason Billington of Mohawk Ambulance.
Senator Schumer 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, S. 377 from the 114th Congress, would treat ambulance services more like providers of health care services. It would also require CMS to ambulance collect cost data utilizing a survey methodology that would likely result in usable information and not present an unnecessary burden on rural ambulance services.
AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Schumer has been a trusted advocate for health care and emergency medical services, both in New York and across our country. The AAA is proud to present him with the Legislative Recognition Award.” Senator Schumer was also honored last year as the 2016 AAA Legislator of the Year.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998, Senator Schumer is the Senate minority leader, and serves as Vice Chairman on the Joint Committee on the Library, International Narcotics Control Caucus, Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Rules.
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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.
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