S-1/A: General form of registration statement for all companies including face-amount certificate companies

Published on November 13, 2001


Power of Attorney

We, the undersigned officers and directors of Centene Corporation hereby
severally constitute and appoint Michael F. Neidorff, Karey L. Witty and John L.
Gillis, and each of them singly, our true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and
agents with full power to them, to sign for us and in our names in the
capacities indicated below, any and all pre-effective and post-effective
amendments to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed herewith, and any
subsequent Registration Statement for the same offering which may be filed under
Rule 424(b), and generally to do all such things in our names and on our behalf
in our capacities as officers and directors to enable Centene Corporation to
comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and all
requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby ratifying and
confirming our signatures as they may be signed by our said attorneys-in-fact
and agents, or any of them, to said amendments or to any subsequent Registration
Statement for the same offering which may be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b).

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this
registration statement has been signed as of October __, 2001 by the following
persons in the capacities indicated.

Name Title
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President and Chief Executive Officer
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Michael F. Neidorff

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
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Karey L. Witty

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Samuel E. Bradt

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Walter E. Burlock, Jr.

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Edward L. Cahill

/s/ Howard E. Cox, Jr. Director
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Howard E. Cox, Jr.

/s/ Robert K. Ditmore Director
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Robert K. Ditmore