The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) recently presented Beth Ashmore (pictured) and the late Carol Cutter with the Harold R. Gordon Award, one of the highest honors in the health insurance industry.

Beth Ashmore, of Ashmore & Associates Insurance Agency in Lubbock, Texas, has worked at both the state and national level to preserve Americans’ access to health care coverage. She was elected NAHU’s president in 2007 and, most recently, has testified before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners about the important role of agents and brokers and the impact of medical loss ratios.

Carol Cutter held positions with Colonial Life as well as her own enrollment company. She became a member of NAHU in 1990 and served in leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. She was also named insurance commissioner for the state of Indiana in 2009. Cutter passed away last September; her family accepted the award on her behalf.

The Harold R. Gordon Award is given annually to the industry’s “Person of the Year,” as selected by a special committee of past award recipients.