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American Medical Association presents Commissioner Jones with award for outstanding government service

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For Release: March 1, 2017
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American Medical Association presents Commissioner Jones with award for outstanding government service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones received the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service at the American Medical Association (AMA)'s National Advocacy Conference.

Jones was honored for his work improving public health both as a leader in the Assembly and as Insurance Commissioner.

"It means a great deal to me to receive this award from the American Medical Association, whose physician members work hard every day to provide quality health care and advocate for health care system improvements and affordable access to care for all Americans," said Commissioner Jones. "I look forward to continuing to work closely in partnership with physicians to make access to quality health care a reality for all Californians."

This award, considered one of the most prestigious awards honoring elected officials and career government employees, recognizes Jones' contributions to advancing public health including his leadership in implementing the Affordable Care Act, improving provider network adequacy, and moving closer to achieving mental health parity. Jones has been a national leader in the effort to block the anti-competitive mergers of Anthem and Cigna and Aetna and Humana and in improving access to quality health care for children with autism and transgender persons.

The California Medical Association nominated Commissioner Jones for this award.

"From his work to improve network adequacy to his fierce defense of the Affordable Care Act, Commissioner Jones has been a true champion of health care in California," said California Medical Association President Ruth E. Haskins, M.D. "He's shown sincere dedication to improving access to quality, affordable health care for all Californians, and we appreciate his leadership and partnership as we work to make all of California healthy and thriving."

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Media notes:
  • More about the American Medical Association.
  • The AMA established the Dr. Nathan Davis awards in 1989 to recognize outstanding public service in the advancement of public health. These awards are named for the founder of the AMA, Dr. Nathan Davis. 
  • Past notable recipients of Dr. Nathan Davis awards include Senator John McCain, Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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