(STATEHOUSE) June 9, 2008 - State Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) on Monday received an Honorary Insurance Commissioner Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of insurance. Indiana Insurance Commissioner James Atterholt presented the award to Rep. Murphy in the House Chamber on behalf of the Indiana Department of Insurance and Gov. Mitch Daniels.
"During my time as a state representative, my work on insurance-related legislation and with the House Insurance Committee has been among the most challenging and rewarding I have experienced," said Rep. Murphy. "Receiving this award today from Commissioner Atterholt is a great honor, and I pledge to include insurance issues among my top legislative priorities in the future."
Most recently, Rep. Murphy authored House Enrolled Act 1140, a law that requires insurance companies to provide reimbursements for medically necessary prosthetic devices. In the summer leading up to the 2008 legislative session, an Indianapolis firefighter approached Rep. Murphy and explained to him the difficulty his family was experiencing in gaining insurance reimbursements for his son's much-needed prosthetic limbs and devices.
Rep. Murphy wrote the bill and worked to push it through both the House and Senate. With Rep. Murphy's efforts and the help of interested citizens and groups throughout the state, the bill moved its way to Gov. Daniels' desk, who signed HEA 1140 into law after the 2008 legislative session.
"Rep. Murphy's work to pass this prosthetic-limb legislation is just one example of the great leadership and effort he has offered to the insurance field," Commissioner Atterholt said. "Over the years, he has proven himself to be a knowledgeable and diligent crusader on insurance issues. He is an incredible asset to the Indiana General Assembly, and I look forward to seeing what he is able to accomplish for Hoosiers in the future."
Rep. Murphy encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.