Gratwick named “Legislator of the Year” by American Academy of Pediatrics
AUGUSTA — Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, has received the 2016 “Legislator of the Year” award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Sen. Gratwick is a retired rheumatologist/arthritis specialist. He also has the distinction of being part of Maine Physicians for Social Responsibility at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway in 1985.
Gratwick has championed health care issues in his time in the Legislature — including sponsoring bills to bring Maine in line with modern telemedicine, improving the health of foster children and a recent bill to provide much-needed flexibility to doctors in prescribing opioid medications to patients with severe, chronic pain. The bill passed the Health and Human Services Committee with a unanimous vote last week. He also has championed legislation to establish universal health care in Maine.
“The AAP is an organization that does incredible work and I am honored to receive the award,” said Gratwick. “I will continue to fight for sensible health care policy that puts people before insurance companies, reduces waste, and lowers costs.”
The AAP an organization of 66,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and wellbeing for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Gratwick is serving his third term representing District 9 in the Maine Senate, which includes Bangor and Hermon.