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Brian Hamel Recognized by Molina Medicaid

The following press release and photo was released by Molina Medicaid Solutions last week regarding the Community Champions Award, which was awarded to this year's Special Olympics Basketball Coach, Brian Hamel.

Photo ID (left to right): Peter Gray, executive account manager for MMS Maine; Steven Richard, Special Olympics Aroostook grant recipient; Brian Hamel, winner; Norm Nichols, president of MMS.



 PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE– June 8, 2012 –Molina Medicaid Solutions in Maine, based in Augusta, recently recognized three individuals for their community work at its first annual Community Champions Awards event in Maine, including Presque Isle resident, Brian Hamel.  The ceremony, which was held at the Cohen on the Meadows Community Center in Hallowell, also included entertainment provided by the Jesse Feinberg Quartet and a visit from Mayor of Augusta William Stokes.

 Brian Hamel received the 2012 Community Champions Award for his work as a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics Basketball Program in Aroostook.  It was his first time working with people with disabilities, but he quickly helped elevate his team—the Snow Dogs—into the limelight with scrimmages with local high school teams, including the boys and state champion girls’ teams from Presque Isle High School as well as a team from Caribou.  This even led the University of Maine at Presque Isle to host a daylong workshop and scrimmage for the team.  There are 16 regional Special Olympics programs in Maine, staffed totally by volunteers who receive no stipend or compensation.  Special Olympics Aroostook is guided by a 10-member volunteer management team.

 “Brian demonstrates such commitment and passion when it comes to his Snow Dogs team,” said Peter Gray, executive account manager for Molina Medicaid Solutions in Maine.  “He shows these athletes hope, respect and friendship, which has already inspired so many others to do the same.”

 Established to honor the memory of Dr. Molina, the Molina Healthcare Community Champions award program spotlights the good deeds of everyday heroes in their communities.  Molina has been hosting the Community Champions Awards for six years in the states that it operates.  At this first event in Maine, the winners were nominated by community-based organizations and also received $1000 grants to give to deserving nonprofit organizations as part of their awards.   Hamel gave his grant back to Special Olympics Aroostook.

 About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH), a FORTUNE 500 company, provides quality and cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program.  Our licensed health plans in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri (through June 30, 2012), New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington currently serve approximately 1.8 million members, and our subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate administration services in Florida.  More information about Molina Healthcare is available at www.molinahealthcare.com.     
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