THCA Presents Long Term Care Champion Award to Rep. Richard Peña Raymond

December 8, 2015



For Immediate Release                                                                                                               Contact: Rebecca Reid
December 8, 2015                                                                                                                                         410-212-3843


Texas Health Care Association Presents Long Term Care Champion Award To Rep. Richard Peña Raymond for Legislator’s Dedication to Seniors


Laredo Representative Recognized for His Leadership on Senior Health and Long Term Care Provider Issues

(Austin, TX) – Recognized for his leadership on key policy issues impacting long term care providers and his dedication to Texas seniors, state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, was presented the Champion of Long Term Care Award today by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA), the state’s largest association representing nursing home providers.

“Following each legislative session, it is THCA’s honor to recognize steadfast advocates of long term care, who, through their leadership and dedication, work to assist providers in their ability to improve health outcomes of elderly patients and enhance their quality of life,” said Kevin Warren, President of THCA. “As Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, Rep. Raymond has consistently advocated for sound public policy that will advance the quality of care in Texas’ nursing homes.  He has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by long term care providers and the legislative action required to meet the healthcare needs of our state’s aging population.”

Most recently, Rep. Raymond authored HB 3523 to extend managed care protections for providers and co-sponsored SB 914, which established a council to examine the skilled nursing facility survey process.

“The Champion of Long Term Care award has real significance for me as it is our Texas seniors who never fail to inspire me and their dedicated and compassionate caregivers whom I greatly admire,” said Raymond. “The care of our elderly Texans must always be a priority as all of us wish to age with grace and dignity and to be cared for with compassion.”

The Long Term Care Champion award was presented to Rep. Raymond at a luncheon in Austin attended by state long term care leaders.

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About THCA

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long-term care association in Texas. THCA’s membership is comprised of several hundred licensed non-profit and for-profit skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), specialized rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities in Texas. These facilities provide comprehensive, around-the-clock nursing care for chronically ill or short-term residents of all ages, along with rehabilitative and specialized medical programs. THCA also represents more than 190 long-term care businesses that provide products and services to the state’s approximately 2,850 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. To learn more, visit or connect with THCA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.