Centene Corporation to Present At CIBC World Markets Health Care Conference

ST. LOUIS, Oct 21, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Centene Corporation (Nasdaq:CNTE) announced today that it will present at the CIBC World Markets 13th Annual Health Care Conference.

The conference will be held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Michael F. Neidorff, Centene's President and Chief Executive Officer, will present on Monday, November 4, 2002 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will be webcast live, then archived after the presentation ends for on-demand viewing for 15 days. The audio webcast can be accessed at www.centene.com under the Investor Relations tab.

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). Centene currently operates health plans in Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas. Information regarding Centene is available via the Internet at www.centene.com.

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

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