In presenting the award, HINJ Board of Trustees Chair Jack Cox, Senior Director of Market Access Strategy at Novo Nordisk Inc., said, “Like Bob Franks, Dan Benson made the decision early that he was going to devote his life to public service, beginning his career in elected office at a young age. And like Bob, he practices a congenial, collaborative brand of politics and policy: bringing all stakeholders to the table and reaching across the aisle to work towards consensus, and supporting policies that are truly in the best interest of the public.”
Assemblyman Benson began his career in elected office with four years on the Hamilton Town Council at the age of 27 before serving as a Mercer County Freeholder for four years and then joining the General Assembly in January 2011. Assemblyman Benson currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee and sits on the Health and Budget Committees. He is currently serving his fourth term.
The assemblyman also is known as a true patient advocate, sponsoring bills such as requiring health insurers to provide plans that limit patient cost-sharing for certain prescription drug coverage-, which was enacted in January, and pending legislation to create a State Rare Disease Advisory Council.
In accepting the award, Assemblyman Benson said “I would like to thank HINJ for this honor and for everything they do to put healthcare for all of New Jersey’s residents at the forefront of our decision-making process. As policymakers, it is important that we continue to ensure that people have access to healthcare. I try my best every day to work at this and to make things a little better. In these unprecedented times, health care quality and access have never been more essential.”