Senior advocacy group honors Joyce
INDEPENDENCE — U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-District 14) was presented 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. District 14 includes a portion of Ward 8 in Cuyahoga Falls.
Joyce was given the award during a meeting of the Senior Citizens of Independence at the Independence Civic Center.
According to Grange officials, criteria for the award included: exhibiting outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare; opposing across the board cuts made by unelected boards; ensuring access to affordable prescription medicines for seniors through the Medicare Part D program and opposing efforts to implement price controls or similar measures that would lead to increases in premiums for seniors; demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors and opposing any efforts that might weaken it; preserving a vast selection of health care options for seniors so they may choose the best plan for themselves and their families; representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so they receive the benefits and services they have earned; and supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in the representative’s district.
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