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Centene subsidiary awarded expanded Medicaid contract in Missouri

Centene subsidiary awarded expanded Medicaid contract in Missouri

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Centene planned expansion brings concern

Nearby buildings are reflected in the windows of the Centene Building in Clayton on Monday, June 6, 2016. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.co

Centene Corp. will expand its presence in Missouri starting in May 2017.

The Clayton-based company will soon manage the health care of Missouri’s Medicaid recipients in every county.

Currently, Centene’s subsidiary, Home State Health Plan, manages the health insurance for low-income individuals in 54 counties.

Now, Centene will have access to Medicaid members in all 114 counties and St. Louis, according to a statement the company released Tuesday.

“With our global headquarters in Clayton, Mo., Centene is particularly pleased about this opportunity to expand our health care services across the state of Missouri, reaching families in each of the state’s 114 counties, and the city of St. Louis,” said Michael Neidorff, chairman, president and CEO of Centene.

Tampa, Fla.-based WellCare also received notice from Missouri that its subsidiary, Missouri Care, was awarded a statewide contract to expand its services to Medicaid recipients.

UnitedHealthcare of the Midwest Inc. was awarded the third contract, according to bid documents with the state, beating out Aetna Better Health of Missouri, which was not awarded an expanded contract.

Aetna Better Health of Missouri currently serves Medicaid members in the same counties as Centene’s Home State Health Plan and Missouri Care.

Aetna has the most Medicaid members in its plans, compared with Centene’s and WellCare’s subsidiaries.

As of June 30, Aetna had 274,742 members in three regions. Home State Health Plan had 103,822 members and Missouri Care had 116,819, according to data with the state.

“Aetna Better Health of Missouri is disappointed by the news that we received on Friday afternoon and we are currently reviewing the scoring and will evaluate our options,” said Anjie Coplin, director of communications for Aetna.

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