Centene Corporation is a large publicly traded company and a multi-line managed care enterprise that serves as a major intermediary for both government-sponsored and privately insured health care programs. It is a healthcare insurer that focuses on managed care for uninsured, underinsured, and low-income individuals. Centene is the second-largest publicly traded corporation based in the state of Missouri. It ranked No. 42 in the 2020 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
Founded as a single health plan by Elizabeth “Betty” Brinn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1984, Centene has established itself as a national leader in healthcare services. In 1996, Michael F. Neidorff joined the company as chief executive.
Centene has grown to become a $60 billion member of the Fortune 500 trading on the New York Stock Exchange. With over 65,000 employees across the country, Centene operates health plans that serve 12.3 million members in 29 states and 2 international markets and offers health insurance to other healthcare and commercial organizations.
On 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. The merger was finalized in March 2016 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 #42 on the Fortune 500 & #127 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 April 2019, Centene announced a partnership with the Washington University School of Medicine designed to accelerate research into treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity. As part of the partnership, Centene will fund up to $100 million over 10 years in research at Washington University.
On July 1, 2020, Centene announced a $1 billion investment in a 130-acre campus located in Charlotte’s University City area. The campus will serve as the company’s East Coast headquarters as well as its main technology hub and will eventually employ over 6,000 people.