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Amerigroup is a Fortune 500 health insurance company. It began as Americaid Community Care in 1994 and was initially aimed at the health care problems of children, mothers and pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid. Amerigroup has a history of declining services to low-income pregnant women in Illinois from 2001 to 2003. [1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Amerigroup has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and a member of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force.[2] Amerigroup's Vice President of Business Development, Pam Perry, received ALEC's "Private Sector Member of the Year Award" at the 2012 annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.[3] See ALEC Corporations for more.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


References

  1. Rudolph Bush, "Jury finds HMO bias in signing patients". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 March 2012
  2. Common Cause, ALEC Task Force Materials, organization website, accessed May 3, 2012
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, 39th Annual Meeting Agenda, organizational document, July 25-28, 2012, on file with CMD