Fourth Amendment and Restatement of the
Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred
PURPOSE AND EFFECTIVE DATE
The purpose of the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan ("Plan") is to aid Centene Corporation and its subsidiaries in retaining and attracting executive employees by providing them with tax deferred savings opportunities. The Plan provides a select group of management and highly compensated employees within the meaning of Sections 201(2), 301(a)(3) and 401(a)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), of Centene Corporation with the opportunity to elect to defer receipt of specified portions of compensation, and to have these deferred amounts treated as if invested in specified hypothetical investment benchmarks. The Plan is intended to conform to the requirements of Code §409A. A Participant's Account that was earned and vested prior to January 1, 2005, plus subsequent earnings thereon, shall not be subject to the terms of this Plan but shall be subject to the terms of the prior plan dated June 1, 2002. The Second Amendment and Restatement of the Plan shall be effective January 1, 2011. The Third Amendment and Restatement of the Plan shall be effective January 1, 2015. The Fourth Amendment and Restatement of the Plan shall be effective January 1, 2016.
For the purposes of this Plan, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Administrative Committee. "Administrative Committee" or the “Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee" means the Compensation Committee of the Board. “Administrative Committee” also refers to the Administrative Committee’s “Designee” as defined in Section 2.13.
Base Salary. "Base Salary" means the base rate of cash compensation paid by the Company to or for the benefit of a Participant for services rendered or labor performed while a Participant is employed by the Company, including base pay a Participant could have received in cash in lieu of (A) deferrals pursuant to Section 4.02 and (B) contributions made on his behalf to any qualified plan maintained by the Company or to any cafeteria plan under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code maintained by the Company.
Base Salary Deferral. "Base Salary Deferral" means the amount of a Participant's Base Salary which the Participant elects to have withheld on a pre-tax basis from his Base Salary and credited to his Deferral Account pursuant to Section 4.02.
Beneficiary. "Beneficiary" means the person, persons or entity designated by the Participant to receive any benefits payable under the Plan pursuant to Article VIII.
Board. "Board" means the Board of Directors of Centene Corporation.
Bonus Compensation. "Bonus Compensation” is defined in Section 2.20 as Incentive Compensation.
Change of Control. For purposes of this Plan, a "Change in Control" shall be deemed to have occurred if any of the events set forth in any one of the following clauses shall occur: (A) any Person (as defined in section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and as such term is modified in sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act), excluding a group of persons including Executive, is or becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13(d)(3) under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing forty percent (40%) or more of the combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities; (B) individuals who, as of the date of this Agreement, constitute the Board (the "Incumbent Board"), cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof (provided, however, that an individual becoming a director subsequent to the date of this Agreement whose election, or nomination for election by the Company's stockholders, was approved by at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be included within the definition of Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual election contest (or such terms used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of a person other than the Board); or (C) the stockholders of the Company consummate a merger or consolidation of the Company with any other corporation, other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving entity) at least fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation.
Code. "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. References to any provision of the Code or regulation (including a proposed regulation) thereunder shall include any successor provisions or regulations.
Company. "Company" means Centene Corporation, its successors, any subsidiary or affiliated organizations authorized by the Board or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee to participate in the Plan and any organization into which or with which Centene Corporation may merge or consolidate or to which all or substantially all of its assets may be transferred.
Deferral Account. "Deferral Account" means the account maintained on the books of the Administrative Committee for each Participant pursuant to Article VI.
Deferral Period. "Deferral Period" is defined in Section 4.02.
Deferred Amount. "Deferred Amount" is defined in Section 4.02.
Designee. "Designee" shall mean the Company's senior human resources officers or other individuals to whom the Committee has delegated the authority to take action under the Plan. Wherever Committee is referenced in the plan, it shall be deemed to also refer to Designee.
Disability. "Disability" means eligibility for disability benefits under the terms of the
Company's Long-Term Disability Plan maintained by the Company.
Eligible Compensation. "Eligible Compensation" means any Base Salary, Incentive Compensation, and/or Bonuses otherwise payable with respect to a Plan Year.
ERISA. "ERISA" means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
Form of Payment. "Form of Payment" means payment in one lump sum or in substantially equal annual installments of 2 to 15 years. If the Form of Payment is substantially equal annual installments, each installment shall constitute a separate payment for purposes of Code section 409A.
Hardship Withdrawal. "Hardship Withdrawal" means the early payment of all or part of the balance in a Deferral Account(s) in the event of an Unforeseeable Emergency, as defined in Code section 409A(a)(2)(B)(ii), pursuant to Section 7.08.
Hypothetical Investment Benchmark. "Hypothetical Investment Benchmark" shall mean the phantom investment benchmarks which are used to measure the return credited to a Participant's Deferral Account.
Incentive Compensation. "Incentive Compensation" means the amount awarded to a Participant for a Plan Year under any incentive plan maintained by the Company.
Incentive Deferral. "Incentive Deferral" means the amount of a Participant's Incentive Compensation which the Participant elects to have withheld on a pre-tax basis from his Incentive Compensation and credited to his account pursuant to Section 4.02.
Specified Employee. "Specified Employee" means a "specified employee" within the meaning of Code section 409A(2)(8).
Matching Contribution. "Matching Contribution" means the amount of annual matching contribution that the Company will make to the plan.
Participant. "Participant" means any individual who is eligible or makes an election to participate in this Plan and who elects to participate by filing a Participation Agreement as provided in Article IV.
Participation Agreement. "Participation Agreement" means an agreement filed by a Participant in accordance with Article IV.
Plan Year. "Plan Year" means a twelve-month period beginning January 1 and ending the following December 31.
Retirement. "Retirement" means retirement of a Participant from the Company after attaining age 65 or age 55 with at least 5 years of service (in accordance with the method of determining years of service adopted by the Company).
Separation from Service. "Separation from Service" means a reduction in an employee's services (regardless whether performed as an employee or independent contractor) to a rate that is reasonably anticipated to be a permanent reduction in services to 20 percent or less of the average rate of services performed prior to such reduction. If an employee ceases or reduces services under a bona fide leave of absence, a Separation from Service occurs after the close of the 6-month anniversary of such leave, provided however that the Separation from Service shall be delayed to the extent that the employee has a statutory or contractual right to reemployment. Determination of whether a Separation from Service occurs shall be made in a manner that is consistent with the principles in Reg. 1.409A-1(h).
Unforeseeable Emergency. "Unforeseeable Emergency" means severe financial hardship to the Participant resulting from a sudden and unexpected illness or accident of the Participant or a dependent of the Participant, loss of the Participant's property due to casualty, or other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the Participant.
Valuation Date. "Valuation Date" means the last day of each calendar month or such other date as the Administrative Committee in its sole discretion may determine.
Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee and Administrative Committee Duties. This Plan shall be administered by the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee. A majority of the members of the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All resolutions or other action taken by the Administrative Committee shall be by a vote of a majority of its members present at any meeting or, without a meeting, by an instrument in writing signed by all its members. Members of the Administrative Committee may participate in a meeting of such committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment that enables all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other, and such participation in a meeting shall constitute presence in person at the meeting and waiver of notice of such meeting.
The Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee shall be responsible for the administration of this Plan and shall have all powers necessary to administer this Plan, including discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits and to decide claims under the terms
of this Plan, except to the extent that any such powers are vested in any other person administering this Plan by the Administrative Committee. The Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee may from time to time establish rules for the administration of this Plan, and it shall have the exclusive right to interpret this Plan and to decide any matters arising in connection with the administration and operation of this Plan. All rules, interpretations and decisions of the Administrative Committee shall be conclusive and binding on the Company, Participants and Beneficiaries.
The Administrative Committee may delegate responsibility for performing certain administrative and ministerial functions under this Plan to certain employees of the Company or outside third parties. The Administrative Committee shall be responsible for determining issues related to eligibility, Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks, distribution of Deferred Amounts, determination of account balances, crediting of hypothetical earnings and debiting of hypothetical losses and of distributions, in service withdrawals, deferral elections and any other duties concerning the day-to day operation of this Plan. The Administrative Committee may designate one of its members as a Chairperson and may retain and supervise outside providers, third party administrators, record keepers and professionals (including in-house professionals) to perform any or all of the duties delegated to it hereunder.
Neither the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee nor a member of the Board shall be liable for any act or action hereunder, whether of omission or commission, by any other member or employee or by any agent to whom duties in connection with the administration of this Plan have been delegated or for anything done or omitted to be done in connection with this Plan. The Administrative Committee shall keep records of all of their respective proceedings and the Administrative Committee shall keep records of all payments made to Participants or Beneficiaries and payments made for expenses or otherwise.
The Company shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, indemnify each director, officer or employee of the Company (including the heirs, executors, administrators and other personal representatives of such person), each member of the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee against expenses (including attorneys' fees), judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with any threatened, pending or actual suit, action or proceeding (whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative in nature or otherwise) in which such person may be involved by reason of the fact that he or she is or was serving this Plan in any capacity at the request of the Company or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee.
Any expense incurred by the Company or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee relative to the administration of this Plan shall be paid by the Company and/or may be deducted from the Deferral Accounts of the Participants as determined by the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee.
Claim Procedure. If a Participant or Beneficiary makes a written request alleging a right to receive payments under this Plan or alleging a right to receive an adjustment in benefits being paid under this Plan, such actions shall be treated as a claim for benefits. All claims for benefits under this Plan shall be sent to the Administrative Committee. If the Administrative Committee determines that any individual who has claimed a right to receive benefits, or different benefits, under this Plan is not entitled to receive all or any part of the benefits claimed, the Administrative Committee shall inform the claimant in writing of such determination and the reasons therefore in terms calculated to be understood by the claimant. The
notice shall be sent within 90 days of the claim unless the Administrative Committee determines that additional time, not exceeding 90 days, is needed and so notifies the Participant. The notice shall make specific reference to the pertinent Plan provisions on which the denial is based, and shall describe any additional material or information that is necessary. Such notice shall, in addition, inform the claimant of the procedure that the claimant should follow to take advantage of the review procedures set forth below in the event the claimant desires to contest the denial of the claim. The claimant may within 90 days thereafter submit in writing to the Administrative Committee a notice that the claimant contests the denial of his or her claim and desires a further review by the Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee shall within 60 days thereafter review the claim and authorize the claimant to review pertinent documents and submit issues and comments relating to the claim to the Administrative Committee. Administrative Committee will render a final decision on behalf of the Company with specific reasons therefor in writing and will transmit it to the claimant within 60 days of the written request for review, unless the Chairperson of the Administrative Committee determines that additional time, not exceeding 60 days, is needed, and so notifies the Participant. If the Administrative Committee fails to respond to a claim filed in accordance with the foregoing within 60 days or any such extended period, the Company shall be deemed to have denied the claim.
Participation. Participation in the Plan shall be limited to executives who (i) meet such eligibility criteria as the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee shall establish from time to time, and (ii) elect to participate in this Plan by filing a Participation Agreement with the Administrative Committee. A Participation Agreement must be filed prior to the December 31st immediately preceding the Plan Year for which it is effective. The Administrative Committee shall have the discretion to establish special deadlines regarding the filing of Participation Agreements for Participants if it determines that such deadlines conform to the requirements of Code section 409A.
Contents of Participation Agreement. Subject to Article VII, each Participation Agreement shall set forth: (i) the amount of Eligible Compensation for the Plan Year or performance period to which the Participation Agreement relates that is to be deferred under the Plan (the "Deferred Amount"), expressed as either a dollar amount or a percentage of the Base Salary and Incentive Compensation for such Plan Year or performance period; provided, that the minimum Deferred Amount for any Plan Year or performance period shall not be less than 1%; (ii) the period after which payment of the Deferred Amount is to be made or begin to be made (the "Deferral Period"), which shall be the earlier of (A) a number of full years, not less than three, and (B) the period ending upon the Retirement or prior termination of employment of the Participant, and (iii) the form in which payments are to be made, which may be a lump sum or in substantially equal annual installments of 1 to 15 years.
Modification or Revocation of Election by Participant. A Participant may not change the amount of his Base Salary Deferrals during a Plan Year. However, a Participant may discontinue a Base Salary Deferral election at any time by filing, on such forms and subject to such limitations and restrictions as the Administrative Committee may prescribe in its discretion, a revised Participation Agreement with the
Administrative Committee. If approved by the Administrative Committee, revocation shall take effect as of the first payroll period next following its filing. If a Participant discontinues a Base Salary Deferral election during a Plan Year, he will not be permitted to elect to make Base Salary Deferrals again until the later of the next Plan Year or 12 months from the date of discontinuance. In addition, the Deferral Period may be extended if an amended Participation Agreement is filed with the Administrative Committee at least one full calendar year before the Deferral Period (as in effect before such amendment) ends; provided, that only one such amendment may be filed with respect to each Participation Agreement. An extension on a Deferral Period will result in a delay of payment for a minimum of 5 years from the initial deferral period.
Elective Deferred Compensation. The Deferred Amount of a Participant with respect to each Plan Year of participation in the Plan shall be credited by the Administrative Committee to the Participant's Deferral Account as and when such Deferred Amount would otherwise have been paid to the Participant. To the extent that the Company is required to withhold any taxes or other amounts from the Deferred Amount pursuant to any state, Federal or local law, such amounts shall be taken out of other compensation eligible to be paid to the Participant that is not deferred under this Plan. However, if the Participant elects to defer a large percentage of Eligible Compensation and the election does not allow enough remaining compensation for required withholdings or deductions, the withholdings and deductions will be subtracted from the eligible compensation first, followed by deferral of the remaining eligible compensation.
Vesting of Deferral Account. Except as provided in Section 7.03, a Participant shall be 100% vested in his/her Deferral Account at all times.
MAINTENANCE AND INVESTMENT OF ACCOUNTS
Maintenance of Accounts. Separate Deferral Accounts shall be maintained for each Participant. More than one Deferral Account may be maintained for a Participant as necessary to reflect (a) various Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks and/or (b) separate Participation Agreements specifying different Deferral Periods and/or forms of payment. A Participant's Deferral Account(s) shall be utilized solely as a device for the measurement and determination of the amounts to be paid to the Participant pursuant to this Plan, and shall not constitute or be treated as a trust fund of any kind. The Administrative Committee shall determine the balance of each Deferral Account, as of each Valuation Date, by adjusting the balance of such Deferral Account as of the immediately preceding Valuation Date to reflect changes in the value of the deemed investments thereof, credits and debits pursuant to Section 5.01 and Section 6.02 and distributions pursuant to Article VII and conforms to Code section 409A with respect to such Deferral Account since the preceding Valuation Date.
Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks. Each Participant shall be entitled to direct the manner in which his/her Deferral Accounts will be deemed to be invested, selecting among the Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks specified in Appendix A hereto, as amended by the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee from time to time, and in accordance with such rules, regulations and procedures as the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee may establish from time to time. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, earnings and losses based on a Participant's investment elections shall begin to accrue as of the date such Participant's Deferral Amounts are credited to his/her Deferral Accounts.
Statement of Accounts. The Administrative Committee shall submit to each Participant quarterly statements of his/her Deferral Account(s), in such form as the Administrative Committee deems desirable, setting forth the balance to the credit of such Participant in his/her Deferral Account(s) as of the end of the most recently completed quarter.
Time and Form of Payment. At the end of the Deferral Period for each Deferral Account, the Company shall pay to the Participant the balance of such Deferral Account at the time or times elected by the Participant in the applicable Participation Agreement; provided that if the Participant has elected to receive payments from a Deferral Account in a lump sum, the Company shall pay the balance in such Deferral Account (determined as of the most recent Valuation Date preceding the end of the Deferral Period) in a lump sum in cash as soon as practicable after the end of the Deferral Period. If the Participant has elected to receive payments from a Deferral Account in installments, the Company shall make annual cash only payments from such Deferral Account, each of which shall consist of an amount equal to (i) the balance of such Deferral Account as of the most recent Valuation Date preceding the payment date times (ii) a fraction, the numerator of which is one and the denominator of which is the number of remaining installments (including the installment being paid). The first such installment shall be paid as soon as practicable after the end of the Deferral Period and each subsequent installment shall be paid on or about the anniversary of such first payment. Each such installment shall be deemed to be made on a pro rata basis from each of the different deemed investments of the Deferral Account (if there is more than one such deemed investment).
Matching Contribution. Each Participant who has reached his or her maximum deferral amount under the Centene Management Corporation Retirement Plan (the 401(k) Plan) for a Plan Year and who elects to make deferrals of Eligible Compensation to the Plan will receive a Matching Contribution equal to fifty percent (50%) of the first six percent (6%) of the Participant's Eligible Compensation being deferred to the Plan for such Plan Year (excluding deferrals to the Plan from the Participant’s 2007 Cash Long Term Incentive Plan and stock based compensation), reduced by any matching contributions made by the Company to the Centene Management Corporation Retirement Plan for such Plan Year. For these purposes, the Participant will be treated as reaching his or her maximum deferral amount only if the Participant has
deferred the maximum deferral amount under the terms of the Centene Management Corporation Retirement Plan for the Plan Year in issue, subject to applicable limitations in the Internal Revenue Code. The maximum deferral amount also includes catch-up deferrals for those Participants eligible to make catch-up deferrals. If the Participant has not reached the maximum deferral amount by the close of a calendar quarter in the applicable Plan Year, then he or she shall not receive any Matching Contributions under this Plan for such calendar quarter. In the calendar quarter in which the Participant reaches his or her maximum deferral amount, Matching Contributions, as defined above, shall be made for all deferrals made to this Plan for the current Plan Year. For any subsequent calendar quarters during the applicable Plan Year, Matching Contributions shall be made with respect to additional deferrals made to this Plan for such calendar quarter. The determination whether a Participant has reached his or her maximum deferral amount shall be made in the sole discretion of the Administrative Committee.
Matching Contribution Vesting. Participants will vest in Matching Contributions as set forth under the Participant's 401(k) plan. The vesting schedule is:
Less than 1 year
Retirement. Subject to Section 7.01 and Section 7.07 hereof, if a Participant has elected to have the balance of his/her Deferral Account distributed upon Retirement, the account balance of the Participant (determined as of the Valuation Date immediately following such Retirement) shall be distributed as soon as practicable following the Retirement in installments or a lump sum in accordance with the Plan and as elected in the Participant Agreement.
In-Service Distributions. Subject to Section 7.01 and Section 7.07 hereof, if a Participant has elected to defer Eligible Compensation under the Plan for a stated number of years, the account balance of the Participant (determined as of the most recent Valuation Date immediately following such Deferral Period) shall be distributed
in installments or a lump sum in accordance with the Plan and as elected in the Participant Agreement.
Other Than Retirement. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7.05 and Section 7.06 hereof and any Participation Agreement, if a Participant dies, has a Termination of Employment or Disability prior to Retirement and prior to receiving full payment of his/her Deferral Account(s), the Company shall pay the remaining balance (determined as of the Valuation Date immediately following such event) to the Participant or the Participant's Beneficiary or Beneficiaries (as the case may be) in a lump sum in cash
only (notwithstanding Section 7.01 hereof) as soon as practicable following the occurrence of such event, unless the Administrative Committee in its sole discretion determines otherwise. Subject to Section 6.02 hereof, the amount distributable under the preceding sentence of this Section 7.06 shall be based on the Participant's investments elections. If a Participant terminates employment for any reason other than retirement, makes a Base Salary or Incentive Deferral from the final pay check, and the final pay check is paid after the Valuation Date, any distributions will be valued on the Valuation Date immediately following the final Base Salary or Incentive Deferral.
Delay for Specified Employees. Notwithstanding this Article VII, if a Deferral Period ceases upon Separation from Service (other than for death or Disability), payments to a Participant who is a Specified Employee shall not be made until the close of the 6- month anniversary of such Separation from Service. If during such 6-month delay a Participant dies, payments shall be made pursuant to Section 7.06.
Hardship Withdrawals. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 7.01 and any Participation Agreement, a Participant shall be entitled to early payment of all or part of the balance in his/her Deferral Account(s) in the event of an Unforeseeable Emergency, in accordance with this Section 7.08. A distribution pursuant to this Section 7.07 may only be made to the extent reasonably needed to satisfy the Unforeseeable Emergency need, and may not be made if such need is or may be relieved (i) through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise, (ii) by liquidation of the Participant's assets to the extent such liquidation would not itself cause severe financial hardship, or (iii) by cessation of participation in the Plan. An application for an early payment under this Section 7.08 shall be made to the Administrative Committee in such form and in accordance with such procedures as the Administrative Committee shall determine from time to time. The determination of whether and in what amount and form a distribution will be permitted pursuant to this Section 7.08 shall be made by the Administrative Committee.
Change of Control Election. In the event of a separation from service as a result of a Change of Control, the participant's account balance will be paid out as specified in their Change in Control election. This is a separate election from the Form of Payment election and this election applies to all plan years. The participant can elect to have the same distribution schedule as previously elected, a lump sum payment or installments over 2 to 15 years. The first such installment shall be paid as soon as practicable after the Change in Control and each subsequent installment shall be paid on or about the anniversary of such first payment. If there is no Change in Control election at the time a Change in Control occurs, the employee's previous elections will be the default. The participant can change their Change in Control election by making a written request to the Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee will inform the claimant in writing of the determination of the request within 90 days of the receipt of the request.
Withholding of Taxes. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Plan, the Company shall withhold from payments made hereunder any amounts required to be so withheld by any applicable law or regulation.
Beneficiary Designation. Each Participant shall have the right, at any time, to designate any person, persons or entity as his Beneficiary or Beneficiaries. A Beneficiary designation shall be made, and may be amended, by the Participant by filing a written designation with the Administrative Committee, on such form and in accordance with such procedures as the Administrative Committee shall establish from time to time.
No Beneficiary Designation. If a Participant fails to designate a Beneficiary as provided above, or if all designated Beneficiaries predecease the Participant, then the Participant's Beneficiary shall be deemed to be the Participant's estate.
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN
Amendment. The Board or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee may at any time amend this Plan in whole or in part, provided, however, that no amendment shall be effective to decrease the balance in any Deferral Account as accrued at the time of such amendment, nor shall any amendment otherwise have a retroactive effect. Interpretation of the Plan by the Board or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee shall be made in a manner that is consistent with the intent that the Plan conform to the requirements of Code section 409A.
Company's Right to Terminate. The Board or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee may at any time terminate the Plan with respect to future Participation Agreements. The Board or the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee may also terminate the Plan in its entirety at any time for any reason, including without limitation if, in its judgment, the continuance of the Plan, the tax, accounting, or other effects thereof, or potential payments thereunder would not be in the best interests of the Company, and upon any such termination, the Company shall immediately pay to each Participant in a lump sum the accrued balance in his Deferral Account (determined as of the most recent Valuation Date preceding the termination date). Such termination, however, shall be made in a manner that conforms to the requirements of Code section 409A.
Unfunded Plan. This Plan is intended to be an unfunded plan maintained primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees, within the meaning of Sections 201, 301 and 401 of ERISA. All payments pursuant to the Plan shall be made from the general funds of the Company and no special or separate fund shall be established or other
segregation of assets made to assure payment. No Participant or other person shall have under any circumstances any interest in any particular property or assets of the Company as a result of participating in the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may (but shall not be obligated to) create one or more grantor trusts, the assets of which are subject to the claims of the Company's creditors, to assist it in accumulating funds to pay its obligations under the Plan.
No Assignability. Except as specifically set forth in the Plan with respect to the designation of Beneficiaries, neither a Participant nor any other person shall have any right to commute, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, anticipate, mortgage or otherwise encumber, transfer, hypothecate or convey in advance of actual receipt the amounts, if any, payable hereunder, or any part thereof, which are, and all rights to which are, expressly declared to be unassignable and non-transferable. No part of the amounts payable shall, prior to actual payment, be subject to seizure or sequestration for the payment of any debts, judgments, alimony or separate maintenance owed by a Participant or any other person, nor be transferable by operation of law in the event of a Participant's or any other person's bankruptcy or insolvency.
Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks. (a) Each Participant shall be entitled to direct the manner in which his/her Deferral Accounts will be deemed to be invested, selecting among the Hypothetical Investment Benchmarks specified in Appendix A hereto, as amended by the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee from time to time, and in accordance with such rules, regulations and procedures as the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Committee may establish from time to time. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, earnings and losses based on a Participant's investment elections shall begin to accrue as of the date such Participant's Deferral Amounts are credited to his/her Deferral Accounts.
Validity and Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Plan shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Plan, which shall remain in full force and effect, and any prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction, shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.
Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Plan shall in all respects be governed by the laws of the State of Missouri, without reference to principles of conflict of law, except to the extent preempted by federal law.
Employment Status. This Plan does not constitute a contract of employment or impose on the Participant or the Company any obligation for the Participant to remain an employee of the Company or change the status of the Participant's employment or the policies of the Company and its affiliates regarding termination of employment.
Underlying Incentive Plans and Programs. Nothing in this Plan shall prevent the Company from modifying, amending or terminating the compensation or the incentive plans and programs pursuant to which cash awards are earned and which are deferred under this Plan.
Severance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee may, in its sole and exclusive discretion, determine that the Deferral Account of a Participant who has incurred a Termination of Employment and who receives or will receive severance payments from the Company shall be paid in installments, at such intervals as the Centene Corporation Voluntary Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee may decide and within the constructs of Code Section 409A.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Amendment and Restatement of the Plan to be executed by its duly authorized officer or representative.
By: /s/ H. Robert Sanders
H. Robert Sanders
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
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