Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is the recipient of the ACR’s 2018 Award for Public Leadership in Rheumatology. Sen. Collins has championed several pieces of legislation that support rheumatologists and rheumatology patients, and she has taken part in multiple efforts to address ongoing concerns in rheumatology.
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“Sen. Collins has consistently worked both sides of the aisle to gain support for legislation, which will greatly help our patients living with rheumatic diseases,” says ACR President Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA.
“In so many ways, Sen Collins has stood up for rheumatologists and our patients,” says ACR Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Chair Angus Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP.
During the 115th Congress’s heated 2017 debate over reforming the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Collins helped underscore the importance of patient protections for meaningful, continuous insurance coverage, including protection for pre-existing conditions, which includes most rheumatologic diagnoses. The ACR Executive Committee was able to thank her in person for this in September 2017.