FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  Burdick Kenneth A
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
01/05/2022
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
CENTENE CORP [CNC]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
7700 FORSYTH BOULEVARD
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
__X__ Director _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

ST. LOUIS, MO 63105
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Common Stock 390,335 (1)
D
 
Common Stock 265,498
I
See Footnote (2)

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Common Stock Option (obligation to sell) 01/21/2022 01/21/2022 Common Stock 179,000 $ 75 I See Footnote (2)

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Burdick Kenneth A
7700 FORSYTH BOULEVARD
ST. LOUIS, MO 63105
  X      

Signatures

/s/ Christopher A. Koster (executed by attorney-in-fact) 01/14/2022
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) Ownership includes 79,215 performance stock units granted on March 2, 2020, which are subject to meeting three-year performance conditions for the period ending December 31, 2022. Additionally, ownership includes 70,316 performance stock units granted on January 5, 2021, which are subject to meeting three-year performance conditions for the period ending December 31, 2023. The number of performance stock units vesting at the end of the three-year performance period is predicated on meeting three-year performance conditions.
(2) Owned by the Burdick Family LLC, of which Mr. Burdick is a chief manager. Mr. Burdick disclaims beneficial ownership of these securities except to the extent of his pecuniary interest therein, and this report shall not be deemed to be an admission that the reporting person is the beneficial owner of the securities for purposes of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or for any other purpose.

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