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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: KANSAS LAWMAKERS RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO KANSAS FAMILIES
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP ON BILLS EMPOWERING VOLUNTEERS, FOCUSING GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS ON PROSPERITY, AND BLOCKING EXPANSION
Kansas Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook and Rep. Dan Hawkins were each honored with the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Foundation for Government Accountability Monday for their leadership in the state to stop ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, eliminate welfare policies that promote dependency, and to protect volunteers who are working to improve lives in their communities.
Pilcher-Cook and Hawkins sponsored and supported legislation to reform the state’s welfare programs to encourage independence and discourage abuse, protect volunteers who provide free care to low-income patients, and they helped preserve Kansas’ Medicaid program for the truly needy. Pilcher-Cook also worked to empower community organizations to help families and children in crisis, as she spearheaded the effort to drive down skyrocketing health care costs by allowing patients to share in any savings they generate by shopping for high-value services.
“Kansas is fortunate to have two of the country’s best leaders who fight to make their state better by strengthening communities, preserving our safety nets for those who truly need them, and preventing disastrous programs being pushed by DC from being brought to Kansas,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Sen. Pilcher-Cook and Rep. Hawkins have stepped forward with bold ideas and they are the key to keeping Kansas’ future bright, for its working poor and its vulnerable citizens.”
Pilcher-Cook and Hawkins are just two of a small handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country with the annual award for their work in 2016.