Centene Corporation

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Centene Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSECNC
Industry Healthcare
Headquarters Clayton, Missouri, U.S.
Website www.centene.com

Centene Corporation is in the industry of Medicaid managed care.

Centene is a multi-line health care enterprise operating primarily in two segments: Medicaid managed care and specialty services. The government services Medicaid managed care segment provides Medicaid and Medicaid-related health plan coverage to individuals through government subsidized programs, including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The company operates health plans in Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, Missouri, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Kansas, New Hampshire and Kentucky (Kentucky Spirit Health Plan). Centene also provides specialty services, including behavioral health plans, life and health management, long-term care programs, managed vision, nurse triage, pharmacy benefits management and treatment compliance, to its own subsidiaries on market-based terms as well as to state programs, commercial organizations, and other health care organizations.

Centene's health plans and care coordination programs are designed specifically for the Medicaid population.

The company is headquartered in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Clayton. In 2006, it announced plans to relocate to Downtown St. Louis to the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium to be part of the St. Louis Ballpark Village owned by the St. Louis Cardinals,[1] but in March 2008, Centene backed out of the project.[2] In 2009, Centene began construction on a new headquarters located next to its current offices in Clayton. The site includes a tower with 520,000 square feet (48,000 m2) of office space.[3] Centene also operates claims processing centers in Great Falls, Montana, Farmington, Missouri, and Tyler, TX.


Superior HealthPlan of Texas is alleged to have denied coverage of an infant's surgery for brain cancer at Texas Children's Hospital where it has been alleged to have previously paid claims for the infant, Savannah Snodgrass. Part of the source of the controversy leis in reports that that facility has a notably higher survival rate for such operations. Superior HealthPlan claims that it does not cover Texas Children's Hospital and that it has directed the family to a different facility. Superior HealthPlan said it is "confident" the family will find capable in-network providers. [4]

Board of Directors[edit]

Members of the Board of Directors are:

MICHAEL F. NEIDORFF Chairman, President and CEO, Centene Corporation

STEVE BARTLETT President and CEO, The Financial Services Roundtable

ROBERT K. DITMORE Former President and COO, UnitedHealthcare Corporation

FREDERICK H. EPPINGER President and CEO, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

DICK GEPHARDT Chief Executive Officer of Gephardt and Associates Former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives

PAMELA A. JOSEPH Vice Chairman, U.S. bancorp

JOHN R. ROBERTS Retired Regional Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP

DAVID STEWARD Chairman of the Board, World Wide Technology, Inc.

TOMMY THOMPSON Former Health & Human Services Secretary & Former Governor of Wisconsin

Centene's population demographics[edit]

Average Age of Population 14 School-Aged Children People with Disabilities
% of Children 74% 95% 20%
Provider Networks Specialized, Inner City Broad, Primary Care, Pediatrics Specialists
High Cost/Utilization Areas Premature Birth, Asthma Prescription Drugs Disabilities, AIDS,
Chronic Diseases, Mental Illness
Selling Expense Low Low Low

Health plans[edit]

  • Bridgeway Health Solutions-Arizona - a health maintenance organization that provides long-term care services to people that are enrolled with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)[5]
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan-Ohio
  • CeltiCare - a managed care organization that provides health insurance to Massachusetts residents enrolled in the Commonwealth Care Program
  • Managed Health Services-Indiana
  • Managed Health Services-Wisconsin
  • Peach State Health Plan-Georgia
  • Sunshine State Health Plan-Florida
  • Superior HealthPlan-Texas
  • Absolute Total Care-South Carolina
  • Magnolia Health Plan-Mississippi
  • Coordinated Care-Washington
  • IlliniCare Health Plan-Illinois (Operations Expected to Commence in 2011)
  • California Health and Wellness-California

Specialty companies[edit]

  • * Cenpatico
  • NurseWise
  • Nurtur
  • OptiCare Managed Vision
  • ScriptAssist
  • US Script
  • AcariaHealth

Naming rights[edit]

Centene owns the naming rights to Centene Stadium in Great Falls, Montana.