Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Coalition for Access to Health Care (CAHC) has awarded Representative Jenny A. Horne the 2014 Gold Star Legislative Champion award, the organization's highest honor, for excellence in promoting the importance of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) as primary care providers in the state.
The coalition has also recognized State Senator Tom Davis and Representative Wendy Nanney with the 2014 Legislators of the Year awards for promoting less government intrusion in the health care industry and working to ensure that patients have access to the health care providers of their choice.
The CAHC annually recognizes members of the General Assembly for their commitments to helping advance the rights of NPs and CNMs and improve health care availability for all South Carolinians. This year, the awards will be presented at their NP/CNM Day at the S.C. Statehouse. The ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the legislative breakfast in the Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds.
“The coalition is so appreciative and thankful for the hard work of Representative Horne, Senator Davis and Representative Nanney in educating their fellow policy makers about the need to address the shortage of primary care physicians,” stated CAHC Chairman Judy Zink. “South Carolina ranks 33rd for lowest number of primary care physicians and is in the bottom five for unhealthiest states. NPs and CNMs can fill those voids, lower costs to patients and provide them with greater access to health care providers – especially in the more rural areas of our state.”
Representative Horne (R-Summerville) was the 2011 South Carolina Association of Personal Care Providers Legislator of the Year. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2009.
Senator Davis (R-Beaufort) was elected to the Senate in 2009 and is a member of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee.
Davis has always been a strong advocate for less government and greater choices as a means of lowering health care costs in South Carolina.
Rep. Wendy Nanney (R-Greenville) was elected to the House of Representatives in 2009. Her son is in the DNP program at the Medical University of South Carolina.