Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments

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Commitments
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Commitments [Abstract]  
Commitments

17. Commitments

Centene and its subsidiaries lease office facilities and various equipment under non-cancelable operating leases which may contain escalation provisions. The rental expense related to these leases is recorded on a straight-line basis over the lease term, including rent holidays. Tenant improvement allowances are recorded as a liability and amortized against rent expense over the term of the lease. Rent expense was $22,734, $21,393 and $20,211 for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Annual non-cancelable minimum lease payments over the next five years and thereafter are as follows:

 

2012

   $ 21,187   

2013

     17,858   

2014

     15,449   

2015

     12,884   

2016

     11,620   

Thereafter

     17,004   
  

 

 

 
   $ 96,002