Fitzpatrick Recognized for Senior Advocacy

Aug 30, 2013 Issues: Health, Veterans
Rep. Fitzpatrick (PA-8) is recognized by the Grange as a 2013 recipient of the 'Champion of Seniors Award' for his seniors advocacy efforts in the 113th Congress
Fitzpatrick Recognized for Senior Advocacy

MILFORD, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined with seniors’ advocacy groups and community representatives Thursday as he was presented the 2013 ‘Champion of Seniors Award’ for his advocacy of seniors’ issues in the 113th Congress.

“Much of the great country we know today we owe to the hard work and ingenuity of our nation’s seniors. Because of their relentless push for the American Dream, I’ve found that seniors often have a unique perspective when it comes to tackling the issues of today- to be recognized as an advocate for them is a true honor,” said Fitzpatrick at the ceremony held at the Milford Fire Hall.

The ‘Champion of Seniors Award’ – presented by the Pennsylvania Grange, a nonpartisan, national organization that works on behalf of agricultural communities, including seniors – is presented annually.

“Congressman Fitzpatrick has exhibited outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare and ensure access to affordable prescription medicines and health care choices for seniors,” said Grace Boatright, Legislative Director for The National Grange. “He has definitely earned this award and deserves our thanks.”

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve made a point to meet with several retirement communities and organizations that care deeply about preserving benefits and helping seniors in our area,” continued Fitzpatrick. “It is my belief that all Americans have the right to a safe and secure retirement, as well as the peace of mind of knowing they will receive benefits for their entire retirement, as promised.”

Fitzpatrick has advanced a number of pieces of crucial seniors’ legislation- including efforts to protect seniors’ health care benefits by ensuring access to affordable medications, opposing any laws or regulations that threaten the doctor/patient relationship, and speaking out against proposals that threaten to limit access to health care for Medicare beneficiaries.

Furthermore, the bipartisan ‘Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act’ – introduced Fitzpatrick and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) – was signed into law by President Obama at the beginning of August. The bill reforms the federal Reverse Mortgage program to allow for critical consumer protections for seniors. 10% of Pennsylvania’s Reverse Mortgages are in Bucks County alone.

Criteria for this morning’s award include:

  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.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Established in 1867, The National Grange is the nation’s oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan rural advocacy organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America’s farmers, ranchers, and other rural Americans. More information available at www.nationalgrange.org

(Pictured from L to R): John Greer – Bucks County Association for Retired and Senior Citizens, Sara Kelly - Upper Bucks Senior Citizens Center, Julie Thomas - Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association, Leah Kithcart - Pennsylvania Public Policy Coalition Alzheimer's Association, Carl Meiss – PA Grange, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Amanda Yost - Healthways SilverSneakers, Sheryl Fitzgerald – Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Patty Smallacombe – United Way of Bucks County, Bill McTigue - Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Pat Lyons - Bucks County Special Care & Pennsylvania Homecare Association, Najja Orr - Bucks County Area Agency on Aging