Former CEO to join Centene

Former CEO to join Centene

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A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustration

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The former chief executive of will soon go to work for Centene Corp.

Kevin Counihan will join the company as a regional vice president overseeing Centene's health plans throughout the Midwest, according to Marcela Hawn, spokeswoman for Centene. Counihan will work out of Centene's Clayton headquarters, Hawn said.

The news was first reported by Sarah Kliff of Vox.

Although Centene's primary business is contracting with states to provide health benefits to Medicaid recipients, the insurer has seen continued success on the health exchanges and is set to offer its first exchange plan in Missouri next year. is an online marketplace where individuals can purchase health insurance. It was a key aspect of President Barack Obama's signature health law.  

Counihan began serving as CEO of in 2014, the year after the online marketplace experienced significant technical issues that were eventually resolved.  

Prior to joining, Counihan served as the top chief of Connecticut's version of its own health insurance exchange.

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