Mich. Blues Extend Deadline for Awards Honoring Top Senior Volunteers

May 31, 2006

The nomination deadline for an annual Community Recognition Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network honoring outstanding senior citizen advocates has been extended to Friday, June 30. Nominations can be made online at www.bcbsm.com

The 16th annual Claude Pepper Awards will be presented to one retiree and one actively employed person of any age whose professional or volunteer efforts have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Michigan seniors, particularly those whose access to health care services may be hindered by physical, mental, financial or geographical limitations.

The award winners will each receive $1,000 for their respective nonprofit organizations during the Blues’ 2006 Senior Advisory Council conference on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Mich.

Nomination forms and additional information are available online at http://www.bcbsm.com/community_service_awards .People also can request nomination forms by phoning 1-800-733-BLUE (2583), or writing to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Community Service Awards, Mail Code 0620, 600 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, Mich. 48226.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Advisory Council Education Committee will review all Claude Pepper Award nominations and select the two finalists and runners-up.

The Claude Pepper Awards are named for the late U.S. senator from Florida who was a lifelong activist for the nation’s elderly. Senator Pepper was one of the principal sponsors of the Older Americans Act of 1965 and a major force in strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

Only nonprofit organizations with a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code are eligible for Claude Pepper Award donations. If the winners are associated with a non-qualifying program, a qualifying program related to his or her service may be designated.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit corporation, provides or administers health care benefits to just over 4.7 million members through a variety of plans: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred, Community Blue and Healthy Blue PPOs; Blue Choice Point of Service; Blue Care Network HMO, and Flexible Blue plans compatible with health savings accounts. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Blue Care Network

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