From the Jackson County Daily -
National Grange and Local Organizations Present Rep. Johnson with “Summer 2013 Champion of Seniors Award”
MARIETTA– Congressman Bill Johnson was presented this week with the “Summer 2013 Champion of Seniors Award" by The Grange, a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of America's rural seniors.
“Rep. Johnson has exhibited outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare and ensure access to affordable prescription medicines and health care choices for seniors. He has definitely earned this award and deserves our thanks,” said Grace Boatright, Legislative Director for The National Grange.
Criteria for the “Summer 2013 Champion of Seniors Award” included:
1. Exhibiting outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare, which is critical to millions of American seniors and their families.
2. Opposing across the board cuts made by unelected boards.
3. Ensuring access to affordable prescription medicines for seniors through the Medicare Part D program and opposing any efforts to implement price controls or similar measures that would lead to increases in premiums for seniors.
4. Demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors and opposing any efforts that might weaken it in any way.
5. Preserving a vast selection of health care options for seniors so that they may choose the best plan for themselves and their families.
6. Representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so that they receive the benefits and services they have earned.
7. Supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in the Representative’s district.
According to Grange, Johnson’s efforts to protect the health benefits and security of Ohio’s seniors and citizens with disabilities also made him deserving of this recognition.
Rep. Johnson was presented the award during a meeting at the Betsey Mills House in Marietta, along with representatives from local organizations including:
· Jo Ann Ingram – Waterford Grange #231, Pomona Grange President
· David Brightbill – WashingtonMorgan CAC
· Steve Smith –Memorial Health System
· Rick Hindman, Jr. – Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District
· Dr. Dixie Vaughan – Dean of Health Technologies - Washington State Community College
“We rely on legislators of Congressman Johnson’s caliber and influence to support programs such as the Older Americans Act, that provide urgently needed services to seniors,” said Rick D. Hindman, Jr., Assistant Executive Director, Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District. “Due to cuts in the program, we are at the point where agencies such as ours can no longer absorb those cuts and must pass them on to the detriment of the services that are desperately needed. We appreciate Congressman Johnson’s continued support of the Older Americans Act whose programs keep folks out of the high-cost institutional settings and saves taxpayer dollars.”