Nominations Open for TexanPlus® Champions Competition

Help Identify Individuals Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults in Houston/ Beaumont-Port Arthur

Submissions Due by June 30, 2015 at

HOUSTON & BEAUMONT–PORT ARTHUR, Texas--()--TexanPlus, a local Medicare Advantage health plan, in collaboration with the Houston Astros, is asking the community to identify individuals who are helping to better the lives of older Americans in Southeast Texas.

Nominations for the second annual TexanPlus Champions will be accepted through June 30, 2015 and can be submitted online at TexanPlus Champions are your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues, your parents. They are Southeast Texas residents who are an example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of older adults.

TexanPlus created TexanPlus Champions to complement its strong commitment to making a difference in the communities where its employees live and work. The Competition honors individuals who embrace older adults in helping them live a healthier and happier life, while also sharing TexanPlus’ goals of improving quality of life and maximizing access to services for seniors and people with Medicare.

“We were thrilled by the tremendous response to last year’s TexanPlus Champions competition, and we‘re excited to recognize more local residents who are touching so many people in our community,” said Erin Page, president of TexanPlus. “We want to hear stories of how our neighbors are impacting the lives of older adults. We want to find these people and recognize their important contributions.”

TexanPlus is asking the public to submit stories about these everyday Champions. “Taking a few minutes to share a story could give these individuals a chance to be recognized in the community,” adds Page, “and help a local charitable organization receive a $25,000 donation to support efforts that are making a difference in the lives of older adults.”

Five TexanPlus Champions will be selected and each will be recognized during a Houston Astros pre-game ceremony in late summer. The five TexanPlus Champions will participate in an online competition where baseball fans, the Southeast Texas community, Champions and their friends and family can vote for the individual story worthy of being named the TexanPlus Grand Champion.

The TexanPlus Champion that collects the most votes will be named the TexanPlus Grand Champion, and will throw out the first pitch at a September Houston Astros game and present a $25,000 donation to their chosen charitable organization.

It’s easy to enter. Go to to fill out an online entry form or download a printable version on the website that can be e-mailed to or faxed to TexanPlus Champions Competition at 1-844-879-4487. All entries must be in by 11:59 pm Central Time, June 30, 2014.

The Competition is open to the general public living in one of the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, and Waller.

Last year’s recipient of the $25,000 grant was Interfaith CarePartners. Beth Statesir, a volunteer with the Gathering Place at Kingwood United Methodist Church, was the 2014 TexanPlus Grand Champion. Additionally, four worthy individuals were TexanPlus Champion finalists in the 2014 competition, Connie Assiff, Eronia “Taggy” Hall, Christian LeDoux, and Jane Pratka.

For more information about the second annual TexanPlus Champions Competition, official rules and submission information visit the website at

About TexanPlus and Universal American:

TexanPlus, part of the Universal American family of healthcare companies, specializes in Medicare Advantage plans. The goal of our plans is to help our members stay active, live healthy and be independent. We are dedicated to working collaboratively with healthcare professionals in order to reduce healthcare costs and improve the health and well-being of those we serve.

For more information about TexanPlus and Universal American please visit our website at

TexanPlus is a proud sponsor of the Houston Astros.

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Universal American
India Chumney-Hancock, 713-320-9507