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TexanPlus® Champions Begins Online Voting
[August 07, 2014]

TexanPlus® Champions Begins Online Voting

HOUSTON & BEAUMONT, Texas --(Business Wire)--

TexanPlus, a local Medicare Advantage health plan, in collaboration with the Houston Astros, announced today that online voting is under way for the TexanPlus Grand Champion. TexanPlus created TexanPlus Champions to honor individuals who help older adults live a healthier and happier life.

The community can vote daily at for the TexanPlus Champion story most worthy of being named the TexanPlus Grand Champion. Online voting runs through September 12, 2014. TexanPlus will donate $25,000 to the winner's charity of choice based on the number of online votes received.

"We are very proud of the work being done by this year's TexanPlus Champions," said Erin Page, president of TexanPlus. "We are delighted to be honoring each finalist at five upcoming Houston Astros games. We are asking the local community to read their personal stories and vote for one Grand Champion."

TexanPlus Champions are your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues. They are Southeast Texas residents who are an example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of older adults. The competition is a way to recognize people who share TexanPlus' goals of improving quality of life and maximizing access to services for seniors and people with Medicare.

Each TexanPlus Champion is featured on where their stories are told. Then, through word-of-mouth attention and public awareness, TexanPlus is asking people to vote for a Grand Campion winner. The recognized individuals and their designated charities also are reaching out to ask for votes.

Meet the Five TexanPlus Champions:

  • Connie Assiff - Connie was her grandmother's personal care giver as she struggled with Alzheimer's disease. Now, she educates, advocates and participates in various roles related to Alzheimer's awareness and support.

    Connie's Designated Charity: Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter
  • Eronia "Taggy" Hall - Ms. Taggy is an advocate and implementer for public improvement projects around Galena Park, and she also leads seniors aerobics classes and plans activities for seniors such as monthly luncheons, trips and social gatherings.

    Ms. Taggy's Designated Charity: Precinct2gether, Inc.
  • Christina LeDoux - Christina uses her business acumen to find efficiencies, develop new ideas and inspire those around her to support Interfaith Ministries and its Meals on Wheels program.

    Christina's Designated Charity: Interfaith Ministries' Meals on Wheels
  • Jane Pratka - Jane keeps Crosby area seniors young at heart! She teaches dance and sings in a choir and performs multiple times each month for senior audiences.

    Jane's Designated Charity: Crosby Advisory Council, Crosby Community Center
  • Beth Statesir - Beth leads a team of volunteers at the Gathering Place, a program providing support to seniors that she started at her church, in partnership with Interfaith CarePartners®.

    Beth's Designated Charity: Interfaith CarePartners®, Gathering Place

The TexanPlus Champions full stories can be read at or watch their videos at

The TexanPlus Champion that collects the most votes will be named the TexanPlus Grand Champion. She will throw out the first pitch at the September 20 Houston Astros game and present a $25,000 donation to her chosen charitable organization. Again, voting is open at and closes September 12, 2014.

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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