March 29, 2019
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has received the National Association of Community Health Care Centers’ 2019 Distinguished Community Health Defender Award. Senator Jones was nominated for the award by the Alabama Primary Health Care Association, a member organization whose mission is to strengthen and expand Alabama’s health center network through leadership, services, and collaboration so that Alabamians have access to improved outcomes through coordinated health care.
“Quality, accessible health care is key to growing our communities, attracting good jobs and keeping our workforce healthy,” said Senator Jones, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past year, and I look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of Alabama’s health care centers and the Alabamians they serve.”
“On behalf of the Alabama Community Health Center Network and the National Association for Community Health Centers, the Alabama Primary Health Care Association is proud to present Senator Jones with the Health Care Defender Award. He has spent time at home visiting health centers and learning more about the importance of health centers and the services they provide in urban and most especially the rural communities of our state. Senator Jones has supported multiple pieces of legislation on behalf of health centers allowing them to continue the mission of care to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. On behalf of the 350,000 Alabamians served by health centers, we extend our gratitude to Senator Jones with this award and we are grateful to have him in our corner,” said Mary Hayes Finch, CEO of the Alabama Primary Health Care Association.
Senator Jones recently introduced the SAME Act to incentivize states – like Alabama – to expand Medicaid. Senator Jones’ legislation, the Rural Health Liaison Act, was included in the 2018 Farm Bill and was signed into law in December of 2018. He was also recently named the 2019 Rural Health Champion by the National Rural Health Association.