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July 11 Nomination Deadline Nears for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Annual Claude Pepper Community Service Awards

Awards Honor Outstanding Senior Citizen Advocates

DETROIT, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- There is still time before the July 11 deadline to nominate deserving Michigan senior citizen advocates for the 18th annual Claude Pepper Awards sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The awards are presented to two individuals whose professional or volunteer efforts have significantly improved the lives of Michigan seniors, particularly those whose access to health care services may be hindered by physical, mental, financial or geographical limitations. The awards are named for the late Florida Sen. Claude Pepper, one of the principal sponsors of the Older Americans Act of 1965 and a major force in strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

Nomination forms and additional information are available online at Forms also can be obtained by phoning 800-733-BLUE (2583) or by writing to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Community Service Awards, Mail Code 0620, 600 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Advisory Council Education Committee will review all Claude Pepper Award nominations. Winners each receive a $1,000 donation for their respective nonprofit organizations. Runners-up will receive certificates of merit.

The Claude Pepper Awards will be presented Friday, Sept.19 in Traverse City during the Senior Advisory Council annual conference on healthy aging. To register, call 800-733-BLUE (2583).

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. The company offers a broad variety of plans including: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred, Community Blue and Healthy Blue Incentives PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living; Flexible Blue plans compatible with health savings accounts; Medicare Advantage; Part D Prescription Drug plans, and MyBlue products in the under-age-65 individual market. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit

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