Praeger wins AMA award

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger was honored Tuesday by the American Medical Association, which gave her its top government service award for an elected statewide official.

NBC News chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman presented Praeger with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.

Praeger was nominated by Roger Sevigny, New Hampshire insurance commissioner and past president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He said, "Sandy's passion for championing parity in the health care system distinguishes her impressive career. She has worked diligently to ensure consumers have access to affordable and quality care."

This is the second time Praeger has been awarded the honor; she was first honored as a Kansas state senator in 1999.