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|Traded as||NYSE: CNC
S&P 500 Component
|Headquarters||St. Louis, MO, U.S.|
|Revenue||US$ 40.60 billion (2016)|
|US$ 558 million (2016)|
|US$ 562 million (2016)|
|US$ 20.20 billion (2016)|
Number of employees
|30,500 (2016) |
Centene Corporation is a large publicly-traded company and a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that serves as a major intermediary for both government-sponsored and privately insured health care programs. The main lines of Centene include Medicare, Medicaid, The Health Insurance Marketplace System, (via the ACA), Tricare, as well as traditional commercial insurance. It is the second-largest publicly-traded corporation based in the state of Missouri.
Centene also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services, including behavioral health care services, case management software, correctional insurance, in-home health services, life and health management, vision, pharmacy benefits management, and telehealth services.
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.
Over the past 33 years, Centene has grown to become a $40 billion member of the Fortune 500 trading on the New York Stock Exchange. With over 31,000 employees across the country, Centene operates health plans that serve 12.3 million members in 29 states and 2 international markets and offers a full range of health insurance solutions to other healthcare and commercial organizations.
July 2, 2015, Centene announced it would acquire Health Net. At announcement, it was estimated Health Net shareholders would own 29% of the combined company. March 2016, the merger was finalized and Health Net shareholders received 0.622 shares of Centene common stock and $28.25 in cash for each share at closing, making the total transaction value about $6 billion, including assumption of debt. After its acquisition of Health Net, Centene now provides healthcare to over 11 million people.
Centene currently ranks #66 on the Fortune 500 & #244 on the Fortune Global 500 List." On September 12, 2017, it was announced that Centene Corp. would acquire the nonprofit insurer Fidelis Care for US $3.75 billion.
In a Fox News article dated July 9 2014, Superior HealthPlan of Texas was alleged to have denied coverage of an infant's surgery for brain cancer at Texas Children's Hospital where it was alleged to have previously paid claims for the infant. Part of the source of the controversy lay in reports that that facility had a notably higher survival rate for such operations. Superior HealthPlan initially claimed that it did not cover Texas Children's Hospital and that it has directed the family to a different facility. Superior HealthPlan said it was "confident" the family would find capable in-network providers.
However, three days later, on July 12, 2014, Fox News reported that Superior HealthPlan had reversed its decision and had consented to cover the needed surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. In that follow-up article, it was reported that the surgery was successful.