Senator recognized for helping the disabled

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities June 26 awarded Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin/Coon Rapids, the 2013 All Star Award, honoring his legislative work on behalf of Minnesotans with disabilities.

The consortium supports public policies that provide the most cost-effective delivery of services and help individuals with disabilities maintain their health and gain as much independence as possible in their daily living.

Hoffman received the award during the consortium’s 2013 session wrap-up event.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Hoffman said. “We made many critical decisions at the Capitol this year affecting Minnesotans with disabilities, their families and those who support them.

“Minnesota’s disability community is very important to me and I will continue advocating on its behalf at the Legislature.”

During his first term, Hoffman emerged as a true champion and advocate for the disability community, according to Rebecca Covington, executive director of the consortium.

His leadership on advocate and provider payment methodologies legislation and on Medical Assistance income eligibility legislation demonstrated his strong voice for Minnesotans with disabilities, Covington said.

“As a freshman legislator, Sen. Hoffman established a reputation as a partner and advocate in the disability community,” she said.

“We sincerely appreciate his work in advancing legislation that serves to increase the quality of life for many individuals with disabilities. … The senator exemplifies what we all hope to see in our elected officials; someone who truly does care about the needs and concerns of their constituents,” Covington said.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed Hoffman’s advocate and provider payment methodologies legislation and his Medical Assistance income eligibility bill into law as part of the health and human services omnibus budget bill.

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