Amerigroup Foundation Honors Texas State Rep. Ellen Cohen as a 'Champion for Children'

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 General News J E 4

HOUSTON, Dec. 14, 2009 The Amerigroup Foundation today announced that State Representative Ellen Cohen of Houston has been honored with its "Champion for Children" award.

The award is part of the Amerigroup Foundation's national program recognizing outstanding public advocacy efforts by government and community leaders in improving the health and well-being of children nationwide.

"Our goal is to work together with local leaders and citizens for the benefit of healthier communities, and that starts with children," said John E. Littel, Chairman of the Amerigroup Foundation. "State Representative Cohen and her efforts represent terrific examples of what we can all accomplish when we keep the end result in mind. We commend her for her continual support of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as authoring and passing key legislation to protect children - including legislation that provides $25 million for child survivors of sexual assault, requires booster seats for children under the age of 8 and sets conditions on family violence offenders."

To commemorate Rep. Cohen's commitment to children and their families, the Foundation presented a $2,500 contribution to the Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC) on her behalf. Founded in 1977, HAWC helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy.

Rep. Cohen was honored by the award and appreciative of the Foundation's support of HAWC. "I am thrilled that a recognition of my efforts on behalf of the children of Texas is benefiting a cause for which I have dedicated much of my professional life - advocating for the elimination of domestic and sexual violence. I am grateful to Amerigroup for their continuing commitment to children across the U.S.," Rep. Cohen said.

"We're pleased to recognize Rep. Cohen for her work, and we're equally excited to witness achievements that will assist in improving the well-being of our communities," Littel added.

About The Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corporation, a multi-state managed health care company based in Virginia Beach, VA. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more information about the Amerigroup Foundation, visit .

Contact: Tara J. Wall Senior Vice President, Communications Amerigroup Corporation (757) 518-3671

SOURCE Amerigroup Foundation


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