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| FORM 4 |                       U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
+--------+                               WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
[_] Check this box if
    no longer subject         STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
    to Section 16.
    Form 4 or Form 5       Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities
    obligations may           Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the
    continue. See            Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or
    Instruction 1(b).      Section 30(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

(Print or Type Responses)

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1.  Name and Address of Reporting Person*

Burlock, Jr.                        Walter                           E.
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        (Last)                      (First)                        (Middle)

One Montgomery Street, Suite 3300
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                                   (Street)

San Francisco                       CA                             94104
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        (City)                      (State)                           (Zip)


2.  Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol   Centene Corporation  (CNTE)
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3.  I.R.S. Identification Number of Reporting Person, if an entity
    (voluntary)
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4.  Statement for Month/Year             December 2001
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5.  If Amendment, Date of Original (Month/Year)
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6.  Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

    X  Director    ___ Officer             ___ 10% Owner    ___ Other
   ---                  (give title below)                       (specify below)

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7.  Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

     X   Form filed by One Reporting Person
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    ____ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I--Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned

- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1. Title 2. Trans- 3. Trans- 4. Securities Acquired (A) 5. Amount of 6. Owner- 7. Nature of action action or Disposed of (D) Securities ship of In- Security Date Code (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) Beneficially Form: direct (Instr. 3) (Month/ (Instr. 8) Owned at Direct Bene- Day/ ----------------------------------------------- End of (D) or ficial Year) Month Indirect Owner- Code V Amount (A) or Price (Instr. 3 and 4) (I) ship (D) (Instr. 4) (Instr. 4) - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Table II--Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Title of Derivative 2. Conver- 3. Trans- 4. Transac- 5. Number of Deriv- Security (Instr. 3) sion or action tion Code ative Securities Exercise Date (Instr. 8) Acquired (A) or Price of (Month/ Disposed of (D) Deriv- Day/ (Instr. 3, 4, and 5) ative Year) Security --------------------------------------------------- Code V (A) (D) - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Series A Common Stock Option 1-for-1 12/18/01 J 20,000 - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Common Stock Option 1.00 12/18/01 J 10,000 - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Common Stock Option 1.333 12/18/01 J 10,000 - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Table II--Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 6. Date Exer- 7. Title and Amount of 8. Price 9. Number 10. Owner- 11. Na- cisable and Underlying Securities of of Deriv- ship ture Expiration (Instr. 3 and 4) Deriv- ative Form of In- Date ative Secur- of De- direct (Month/Day/ Secur- ities rivative Bene- Year) ity Bene- Securities ficial (Instr. ficially Bene- Owner- -------------------------------------------- 5) Owned ficially ship Date Expira- Amount or at End Owned at (Instr. Exer- tion Title Number of of End of 4) cisable Date Shares Month Month(1) (Instr. 4) (Instr. 4) - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Immed. Common Stock 20,000 -0- D - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Immed. 1/1/10 Common Stock 10,000 10,000 D - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Immed. 10/20/10 Common Stock 10,000 10,000 D - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Explanation of Responses: J - The options to acquire Series A Common Stock automatically converted into options to acquire Common Stock upon the closing of the Company's initial public offering. /s/ Walter E. Burlock, Jr. 1/10/02 ------------------------------- ----------------- **Signature of Reporting Person Date Reminder: Report on a separate line for each class of securities beneficially owned directly or indirectly. * If this form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4(b)(v). ** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a). Note: File three copies of this Form, one of which must be manually signed. If space provided is insufficient, see Instruction 6 for procedure.