10-K405: Annual report [Sections 13 and 15(d), S-K Item 405]

Published on March 29, 2002


EXHIBIT 23

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

To Centene Corporation:

As independent public accountants, we hereby consent to the incorporation of our
reports included in this Form 10-K, into the Company's previously filed
Registration Statement File No. 333-83190.


/s/ ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP

St. Louis, Missouri
March 26, 2002





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