Centene Corporation Names Aaron W. Brace as President and CEO of South Carolina Subsidiary

December 4, 2008 at 6:02 AM EST

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2008--Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that Aaron W. Brace has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Centene's South Carolina subsidiary, Total Carolina Care. Mr. Brace is based in the Total Carolina Care corporate office in Columbia, S.C.

Michael F. Neidorff, Centene's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Aaron Brace is a seasoned healthcare executive who has a broad knowledge in network management, business operations, marketing and finance. With his strategic vision and managed care experience, he will be a valuable asset in delivering quality healthcare in South Carolina."

Mr. Brace brings more than 17 years of leadership and healthcare experience to Centene. Most recently he served in a health plan senior management role with the Gulf States Region of UnitedHealthcare. Prior to that, he had a leadership role in managed care contracting for the Southeast Region of HCA. He also served as the managed care policy expert at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Brace holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to individuals receiving benefits under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), as well as Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD), Foster Care, Long-Term Care and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company operates local health plans and offers a range of healthcare solutions for the rising number of uninsured Americans. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, life and health management, managed vision, nurse triage, pharmacy benefits management and treatment compliance. Information regarding Centene is available via the Internet at www.centene.com.

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Source: Centene Corporation