Centene's Texas Subsidiary Announces Contract Award For STAR Kids

October 12, 2015 at 8:01 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (October 12, 2015) — Centene  Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that its wholly-owned Texas subsidiary,  Superior HealthPlan, Inc., has been awarded a contract by the Texas  Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to serve STAR Kids Medicaid recipients.  The new STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program will begin in the Fall of 2016.

The new contract  will cover the  Bexar,   El Paso,  Hidalgo, Lubbock,  Nueces,  MRSA West and Travis service  delivery areas. STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program  specifically serving youth, age 20 and younger, who receive disability-related  Medicaid.

“Superior has been serving  children since 1999, and serving adult aged and disabled members since 2007,”  said K. Rone Baldwin, Executive Vice President, Insurance Group, for Centene. “Adding  STAR Kids is a natural transition and an area where our expertise can truly  help improve member outcomes.”  

“No two members’ needs are the same,” said Tom  Wise, President and Chief Executive Officer for Superior HealthPlan. “Through  STAR Kids, Superior can coordinate care that is tailored to the complex needs  of each child. This includes everything from immediate doctor visits to more  long-term needs like rehabilitative services or personal attendant services.”

Superior HealthPlan currently  serves 969,700 Texans in STAR, CHIP, STAR+PLUS  and STAR Health. The addition of STAR Kids to Superior HealthPlan portfolio  makes Superior HealthPlan the only managed care organization in the state to participate  in all Medicaid product lines.

About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a  Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise  that provides a portfolio of services to government-sponsored healthcare  programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive  benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health  Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care  and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs  and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company operates local health plans and  offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other  healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including  behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare  services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health  management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy  and telehealth services.
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