It may cost Amerigroup Corp, a company that specializes in health care for low-income patients $144 million in damages for discriminating against pregnant women. A federal jury returned a $48 million verdict, which will be tripled under state and federal False Claims Act laws. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that while marketing its services in Illinois, Amerigroup avoided pregnant women and others likely to run up high doctor bills. State Attorney General Lisa Madigan called the company’s alleged discrimination “unconscionable.”
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