AGP Foundation Champion for Children Award

Amerigroup Foundation Presents ‘Champion for Children’ Award to Texas Rep. Sylvester Turner

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Tuesday, October 30, 2012) – The Amerigroup Foundation has recognized Texas Rep. Sylvester Turner as a “Champion for Children” for his efforts on behalf of Texas families and has contributed $2,500 in Rep. Turner’s honor to the Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Houston.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1988, Rep. Turner has advocated for much of his career for children to have access to affordable health care. He has been a strong force in the Texas House for funding for both Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance programs. During his 25 year career as a public servant, Rep. Turner has been a leader and advocate on behalf of low income Texans.

“Thousands of children in our state have access to affordable health care because of the efforts of Rep. Turner,” said LeAnn Behrens, Amerigroup Texas chief executive officer. “The Amerigroup Foundation proudly recognizes him as a ‘Champion for Children.’” Rep. Turner has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of uninsured children, including the Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award from the Texas Hospital Association, the Friends of Medicine Award from the Texas Medical Association and the Child Advocacy Award by the Texas Pediatric Society.

“There is nothing more precious than our children,” said Rep. Turner. “They must have a good start in life in order to be successful, and it is our responsibility to safeguard their future. We must make certain that they are healthy, educated and raised to be good citizens. I am honored to receive the ‘Champion for Children’ award. There is nothing I would rather be known for than as a champion for children.”

The award is a part of a national program by the Amerigroup Foundation to recognize outstanding public advocacy efforts by government and community leaders to improve the health and well-being of children across the country.

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE: AGP), a multistate 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.

About Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Houston

Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Houston is a church cooperating in ministry with Old Landmark Baptist District Association, the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., Texas State General Convention and Old Landmark Congress of Christian Education. The church offers numerous ministries to preschool and nursery age children, school age children, youth, young adults, median adults and senior adults.