Karen Ignagni (b. 1954, Niagara Falls, NY) is the president and chief executive officer of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) former HIAA (Health Insurance Association of America). She is often mentioned as one of the most effective lobbyists and the most powerful people in healthcare. She is currently involved with attempts to reform health care in the United States to benefit health insurance companies.
Ignagni grew up in Providence, where her father was a fireman and mother worked at the city hall. She graduated from the Providence College, where she majored in political science, and from Loyola College Executive MBA program.
Ignagni led the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) from 1993 until 2003 when it merged with the Health Insurance Association of America. Before joining AAHP, she was a director of the AFL-CIO's Department of Employee Benefits. Previously she worked in the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as a staffer for Senator Claiborne Pell.