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

Published on March 29, 2002


EXHIBIT 99



March 28, 2002



Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, N.W.
Judiciary Plaza
Washington, DC 20549

Re: Confirmation of Arthur Andersen LLP Representations

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Arthur Andersen LLP has represented to Centene Corporation that its audit
was subject to Andersen's quality control system for the U.S. accounting and
auditing practice to provide reasonable assurance that the engagement was
conducted in compliance with professional standards and that there was
appropriate continuity of Andersen personnel working on the audit and
availability of national office consultation. Availability of personnel at
foreign affiliates of Arthur Andersen is not relevant to this audit.

Sincerely,

CENTENE CORPORATION



By: /s/ KAREY L. WITTY
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Name: Karey L. Witty
Title: Senior Vice President, Chief
Financial Officer and Secretary