State Representative Charlie Brown of Gary is one of eight Indiana legislators named a recipient of the 2014 Legislative Champion Award.Â The award given out by the Indiana Association of Area Agencies for specific efforts made by lawmakers during the 2013 and 2014 General Assemblies toward passage of bill HEA 1391.Â The award is also for the recipient's service to the state's legislative and administrative committees, boards and commissions, as well as their records of legislative achievement.
The complete list of award recipients include, Sen. Vaneta Becker (Indiana Senate District 50), Evansville; Sen. Jean Breaux (Indiana Senate District 34), Indianapolis; Rep. Charlie Brown (Indiana House District 3), Gary; Rep. Ed Clere (Indiana House District 72), New Albany; Sen. Luke Kenley (Indiana Senate District 20), Noblesville; Rep. Rebecca Kubacki (Indiana House District 22), Syracuse; Sen. Tim Lanane (Indiana Senate District 25), Anderson; and Sen. Patricia Miller (Indiana Senate District 32), Indianapolis; will be honored at separate in-district events for their efforts to protect and improve programs and services for older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers.
IAAAA selected recipients for their specific efforts during the 2013 and 2014 Indiana General Assemblies, facilitation of the passage of HEA 1391 (2014 General Assembly), their service to the state’s legislative and administrative committees, boards and commissions, and their records of legislative achievement.
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“These legislators have shown unwavering support for meeting the needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers,” says Kristen LaEace, IAAAA CEO. “Their leadership and advocacy has made a real difference in the ability of Indiana and its 16 area agencies on aging to provide home- and community-based services that allow these underserved populations to live well and age safely in their homes and communities.Â Hoosiers prefer home-based services, and it also saves Indiana taxpayers money that would otherwise be spent for care in more costly nursing facilities or other institutions.”
The IAAAA believes in the individual's right to:
·Â Â Â Â Â Choose among health care alternatives to maintain independence and dignity,
·Â Â Â Â Â Practice healthy lifestyles to have a happier, healthier and longer life, and
·Â Â Â Â Â Be educated about services and alternatives available.
For more information about IAAAA, visit httm://www.iaaaa.org.