For his work on healthcare issues, Rep. Bill Pascrell has been recognized by the New York-based nonprofit March of Dimes, announced the group Monday morning.
Pascrell is being honored for improving quality of life in the United States and in New Jersey since 1996. He supported the re-authorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and he was engaged in the passage of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
The congressman who sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee will receive the “FDR Visionary Award.” The group is also recognizing New Jersey State Senator Diane B. Allen for championing women’s, children’s, and families’ healthcare issues. As a senator Allen pushed many policies to improve quality of life for women, children, and families, according to the group.
“The March of Dimes would not survive without the support and leadership of such individuals as Congressman Pascrell, Jr. and Senator Allen. We are honored to be presenting them with the FDR Visionary Award,” Gina Radice, executive director of the North Division, New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes, said. “We appreciate their help in giving every baby a fighting chance.”
Pascrell and Allen will receive the Franklin D. Roosevelt Visionary Award at the groups’ Celebration of New Beginnings breakfast on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township at 8:30 am.
The March of Dimes Foundation was founded by president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938. It famously declared war on Polio. For more than 75 years mothers and babies have been the beneficiary of the organization’s research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.