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Larson's Legislative Director Honored with MOAA Award

April 16, 2015
Press Release

Alexandria –Tuesday night, the Military Officers Association of America awarded David Sitcovsky—Legislative Director for Congressman John B. Larson—with the Colonel Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award. This distinction is bestowed upon Congressional staff members who have made significant contributions to the uniformed services community.

Sitcovsky was honored for his work on legislation introduced by Congressman Larson to ensure that TRICARE—thehealth insurance program for active duty and retired military personnel (and their dependents)—providesappropriate access to behavioral health treatment for children with developmental disabilities.  The legislation would have reduced barriers to accessing a particular treatment known as applied behavior analysis (ABA) by eliminating dollar caps on coverage, allowing both active duty and retiree dependents access to ABA, and ensuring that all children with developmental disabilities can access ABA if prescribed by a physician.

“I am privileged to have assisted Congressman Larson over the last few years in his efforts to ensure that children of military families diagnosed with a developmental disability can access the health care services they need,” said Sitcovsky. “It has truly been an honor for me personally to play even a small part in the fight to provide the individuals and families who sacrifice so much for all of us with the care they deserve. MOAA does an incredible job in bringing the day-to-day challenges families experience to Members of Congress and staff, and I am beyond honored that they would consider me for the Col. Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award.  As the Congressman continues to fight on these issues, I look forward to working with MOAA and the other great advocates working on behalf of military families to make additional progress. Once again, I am grateful to MOAA’s Board of Directors for selecting me for this award.”

“Dave has worked tirelessly for our nation’s military families,” said Larson. “The children of these brave men and women deserve access to the very best care, and I applaud Dave’s continued efforts to ensure they receive just that.”