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Hutchinson, Baucus, and McClellan to Receive Awards

Published September 21, 2004

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Senator Hutchinson, Senator Baucus, and CMS Administrator McClellan To Receive Awards for Aging Research

September 21st, 2004, Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), and Medicare Administrator, Dr. Mark McClellan will be saluted tonight for their support of medical research towards healthier aging at the Eleventh Annual Alliance for Aging Research Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.

“We are delighted to continue the Alliance’s bipartisan tradition of honoring Congressional members who have committed to serving growing numbers of older Americans by supporting research,” said Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research. “Both Senator Hutchinson and Senator Baucus are champions for medical and scientific advances to improve the lives of older people in their states and across the country.”

“This year, we are introducing an additional honor, the Indispensable Person in Health Research Award,” Perry continued. “We are presenting this first time award to Dr. Mark McClellan of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former head of the Food and Drug Administration.” The Alliance’s annual Awards Dinner brings together leaders from Congress, government agencies, and private foundations and industry, scientists, researchers and consumer groups to celebrate public service embodied by Senator Hutchinson, Senator Baucus and Dr. McClellan to improve the lives of seniors.

Elected in 1993 as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson continues to be a force in healthcare and medical research. Senator Hutchinson is also well known for her drive to position Texas as a “State of Science.” She has helped secure over $1.5 million in funding over the past three years for Texas Tech University Health Science Center Institute for Healthy Aging, which provides education and training for health care professionals and volunteers working with the elderly. Senator Hutchison has cosponsored a number of health-related bills, including the Close the Health Care Gap Act to reduce health disparity problems and the diabetes self-management training act to increase access to care and diabetes education. She has been a long time advocate for nano-science and nano-technology research and has worked to increase access to cancer care in her state.

Senator Max Baucus, in the Senate since 1978, currently serves as Ranking Member on the influential U.S. Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, Social Security, Medicare, health care programs, and international trade. Senator Baucus is a leader on healthcare issues by improving access to prescription drugs, keeping rural health care facilities open, and expanding health insurance coverage. Dr. Mark McClellan is highly-regarded on both sides of the aisle in Congress as a recognized expert in medical economics, health care, outcomes research and technology. He has excelled in two of the toughest – and most important – jobs in health policy: first as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and beginning in March of this year as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Alliance for Aging Research is the nation’s leading not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to supporting a broad spectrum of public and privately-funded scientific and medical research to improve the universal human experience of aging and health.

Founded in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to improving the health and independence of aging Americans through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education. The Alliance combines the interests of top scientists, public officials, business executives and foundation leaders to promote a greater national investment in research and new technologies that will prepare our nation for the coming senior boom, and improve the quality of life for today’s older generation.

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