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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAINE PUBLIC SERVANT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR WORK TO PROTECT THE TRULY NEEDY
AWARD HONORS QUIET LEADERSHIP AND WORK TO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE AND PROSPERITY FOR MAINE’S POOR
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Chief Operating Office Sam Adolphsen was honored with the 2016 Unsung Hero Award from the Foundation for Government Accountability Monday for his quiet commitment and effort in the state to protect the truly needy by stopping ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and eliminating welfare policies that promote dependency.
Adolphsen has helped transform Maine’s DHHS into a national leader on tracking the usage and impact of welfare benefits and reforms, while also supporting changes that encourage independence and discourage abuse and long-term reliance on public support. Adolphsen also worked to preserve Maine’s Medicaid program for the truly needy despite pressure from DC to accept ObamaCare’s expansion.
“Positive changes are impossible without the tireless efforts of dedicated people working behind the scenes to make their states a better place, and Maine is blessed to have such an amazing talent who is helping make a difference in people’s lives,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO.
“Adolphsen has done the hard work of turning bold ideas into the realities that are the key to keeping Maine’s future bright, for its working poor and its vulnerable citizens.”
Adolphsen is just one of a small handful of public servants being recognized from around the country with the annual award for their work in 2016.