Centene Corporation

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Centene Corporation
Traded as NYSECNC
Industry Healthcare
Founded 1984
Headquarters Clayton, Missouri, U.S.
Website www.centene.com

Centene Corporation is a Fortune 500 company and a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides services to government healthcare programs. [1] [2]

Centene also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services, including behavioral healthcare services through Cenpatico, care management software, correctional systems healthcare, in-home health services, life and health management, vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services. [3] [4]


Founded as a single health plan in Wisconsin in 1984, Centene has established itself as a national leader in healthcare services. Chairman, President and CEO Michael F. Neidorff joined the company in 1996. [5] [6]

Over the past 30 years, Centene has grown from a single health plan in Wisconsin to become a $10 billion Fortune 500 company trading on the New York Stock Exchange. With nearly 10,000 employees across the company, Centene operates health plans that serve 2.9 million members in 21 states and offers a full range of health insurance solutions to other healthcare and commercial organizations. [7] [8]

Board of Directors[edit]

Members of the Board of Directors are:

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

ORLANDO AYALA Vice President, Chairman, Emerging Markets & Chief Advisor to Chief Operating Officer Microsoft Corporation

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


Health Plans[edit]

  • Arizona: Bridgeway Health Solutions
  • Arkansas: NovaSys Health
  • California: California Health & Wellness
  • Florida: Sunshine Health
  • Georgia: Peach State Health Plan
  • Illinois: IlliniCare Health Plan
  • Indiana: Managed Health Services
  • Kansas: Sunflower Health Plan
  • Kentucky: Kentucky Spirit Health Plan
  • Louisiana: Louisiana Healthcare Connections
  • Massachusetts: CeltiCare Health Plan
  • Mississippi: Magnolia Health Plan
  • Missouri: Home State Health Plan
  • New Hampshire: New Hampshire Healthy Families
  • Ohio: Buckeye Health Plan
  • Oregon: Trillium Health Plan
  • South Carolina: Absolute Total Care
  • Texas: Superior Health Plan
  • Washington: Coordinated Care
  • Wisconsin: Managed Health Services


Specialty Companies[edit]

  • AcariaHealth
  • Casenet
  • Celtic Insurance Company
  • Cenpatico
  • Centurion
  • Dental Health & Wellness
  • LifeShare
  • NovaSys Health
  • NurseWise
  • Nurtur Health, Inc
  • OptiCare Managed Vision
  • U.S Medical Management (USMM)
  • US Script


Member Programs and Services[edit]

While healthcare benefits vary from state to state, Centene's health plans generally provide the following:

  • primary and specialty physician care
  • inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • emergency and urgent care
  • prenatal care
  • laboratory and X-ray services
  • home health and durable medical equipment
  • behavioral health and substance abuse services
  • 24-hour nurse advice line
  • transportation assistance
  • vision care
  • dental care
  • immunizations
  • prescriptions and limited over-the-counter drugs
  • therapies
  • social work services
  • care coordination

It also provides education and outreach programs.[12] [13]


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 lies 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. [14]