Centene Corporation Names Patrick J. Rooney as President and CEO of Indiana Subsidiary

August 27, 2008 at 10:14 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2008--Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that Patrick J. Rooney has been appointed President and CEO of Centene's Indiana subsidiary, Managed Health Services (MHS). Mr. Rooney is based in the MHS corporate office in Indianapolis and reports to Christopher D. Bowers, Senior Vice President, Health Plan Business Unit.

Mark W. Eggert, Centene's Executive Vice President, Health Plan Business Unit, stated, "Mr. Rooney brings a wealth of healthcare experience and company insight to Managed Health Services. As a seasoned executive in finance and management, he will help support and execute the health plan's vision of providing better health outcomes to its members at lower costs to the state."

Mr. Rooney has more than 14 years of experience in the healthcare financial industry. Most recently, he was Vice President of Health Plan Finance for Centene, in which he provided leadership for the centralized finance and accounting departments. In addition, he played a critical role in Medicaid contract renewals and developed and analyzed product and new market expansions. Previously, Mr. Rooney held financial positions with Mercy Health Plans and Group Health Plans in St. Louis. He received a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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), Foster Care, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company operates health plans in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition, the Company contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, life and health management, long-term care, 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