Jun 19, 2014

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) honored two Hubbell Communications account executives at their annual awards reception Wednesday evening.

Hannah Rogers and Kara Hansen each received a Bronze Beacon Award for their work on America’s Health Insurance Plans’ Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) largest-ever grassroots campaign “Seniors are Watching.”

Hubbell Communications worked on behalf of CMC to identify and activate Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries in Oregon. Through strategically planned earned media opportunities, community events and meetings with legislators, local MA beneficiaries urged legislators to fight proposed cuts and rules by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would lead to increased premiums, reduced benefits and/or loss of familiar, trusted providers.

Together with similar efforts in other states, Hubbell’s grassroots mobilization efforts in Oregon prompted seniors, health care stakeholders and a bipartisan group of more than 275 members from both houses of Congress to mobilize and speak out against the proposed cuts. On April 7, 2014 CMS released final payment rates for Medicare Advantage that reduced the proposed cuts.

Beacon Awards honor business communication professionals who have developed effective communication programs that helped further the goals of their organization or client. This year’s awards were judged by IABC’s Arkansas Chapter.

Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators provides professional development opportunities and a network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries that advance strategic value to communications professionals.

This is the second award Hubbell Communications has received for its ongoing work for the Coalition for Medicare Choices.