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Heitkamp receives Champion award

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., received a 2018 Champion for Healthy Seniors Award from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases, in conjunction with several state and local organizations.

 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., received a 2018 Champion for Healthy Seniors Award from the Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases, in conjunction with several state and local organizations.

Pictured, from left, are Darnold Bertsch, North Dakota Rural Health Association; Heather Austin, Tobacco Free North Dakota; Heitkamp; Rayette Brown, Womenheart Jamestown; Sheena Walters and Nicole Ortega, Tobacco Free North Dakota. The award was given for reasons that include protecting Medicare Part D; ensuring access to affordable prescription drug coverage for seniors and opposing efforts that lead to increases in costs; and supporting government services and funding for senior programs in their locality. Submitted photo