Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) received the Vanguard Award from the Movement is Life Steering Committee at the 2012 Caucus on Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Health Disparities.
For his dedication to health care reform and reducing health disparities, Rep. Johnson received the award at the group's annual conference in Washington.
"Having access to quality care when dealing with my own health issues, I think everyone deserves the right to quality, affordable healthcare," said Johnson, who fought and beat hepatitis C. "It's the mission of Movement is Life that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and their families battling health issues related to obesity. I'm proud to receive this honor."
Johnson was Southeast Regional Whip during the push for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, which will insure 30 million more Americans and is the greatest federal effort in 70 years to reduce health disparities and close the health gap.
"The entire group thanks Congressman Johnson for helping to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and closing the health gap," said the Caucus in a release. "The ACA is a major part of what Movement is Life is working towards. Besides providing access to quality healthcare for our underserved communities, it also provides new opportunities for community intervention programs that many of our stakeholders hope to participate in as we move forward."