How do I nominate someone for the Claude Pepper Award?

Who is this for?

Michigan Health Insurance – Customer Service – How To

Anyone interested in nominating an individual for this award.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan presents the Claude Pepper Award annually to outstanding individuals who champion older adults. The award is named after the late U.S. Congressman who fought for senior citizen rights.

We select three people for the award:

  • Two retiree volunteers over age 55
  • One person of any age who works in the senior advocacy field, but whose dedication goes above and beyond job responsibilities

Each honoree receives a $1,000 donation to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of their choice.

How to nominate someone

Nominations will reopen in Spring 2018, with winners announced in August.

Who isn’t eligible

  • Elected political officeholders
  • Employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, its subsidiaries and members of all selection committees; nor are their family members 

Nomination guidelines

  • This award is for individuals, but you can nominate someone for their work on behalf of a group. If you’d like to nominate a group or team for their service to seniors, read about the Senior Advocate Award.
  • Nominees’ commitment to Michigan seniors should be clearly established. Their dedication makes a difference to older adults, particularly those who don't receive adequate health services due to mental, physical, financial or geographical limitations.
  • We define a volunteer as someone who donates their time and service unpaid, and contributes to an individual’s or community’s well-being. 
  • Nominees can be paid workers. However, we’re looking for efforts that go above and beyond job responsibilities. 
  • Nominees must have performed the services in the state of Michigan.