Centene Corporation Appoints Lisa M. Wilson as Vice President, Investor Relations

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2004--Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC) today announced the appointment of Lisa M. Wilson as Vice President, Investor Relations. Ms. Wilson will direct Centene's investor relations activities and will serve as a senior member of the Company's mergers and acquisitions and corporate communications teams. She will report to Michael F. Neidorff, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Wilson brings to Centene over 10 years of experience in the development and execution of successful investor relations programs along with extensive knowledge of the equity capital markets. Since 1995, Ms. Wilson has served as president and founder of In-Site Communications, Inc., a healthcare investor relations firm. Prior to founding In-Site, she was a healthcare research associate at Kidder, Peabody & Co., where she conducted equity research of specialty pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and generic drug companies.

Mr. Neidorff stated, "We have worked with Lisa on a consultancy basis since our initial public offering in 2001, and we welcome her to the senior management team at this significant point in our Company's development. She will be an important contributor not only to our ongoing efforts to increase financial transparency and build our relationships with existing and future shareholders, but also to the execution of our business initiatives."

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation provides managed care programs and related services to individuals receiving benefits under Medicaid, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Company operates health plans in Wisconsin, Texas, Indiana, New Jersey and Ohio. In addition, the Company contracts with other healthcare organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, nurse triage and pharmacy compliance. Information regarding Centene is available via the Internet at www.centene.com.

    CONTACT: Centene Corporation
             Michael F. Neidorff, 314-725-4477
             Investor Relations:
             Lisa M. Wilson, 212-759-3929

    SOURCE: Centene Corporation