Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Earnings Per Share (Details)

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Earnings Per Share (Details) - USD ($)
$ / shares in Units, $ in Millions
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Sep. 30, 2015
Sep. 30, 2016
Sep. 30, 2015
Earnings attributable to Centene Corporation:        
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax $ 146 $ 92 $ 300 $ 244
Discontinued operations, net of tax (1) 1 (3) 0
Net earnings $ 145 $ 93 $ 297 $ 244
Shares used in computing per share amounts:        
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in shares) 170,774,587 119,121,524 155,680,769 118,970,853
Common stock equivalents (as determined by applying the treasury stock method) (in shares) 3,537,829 4,010,286 3,279,299 3,933,623
Weighted average number of common shares and potential dilutive common shares outstanding (in shares) 174,312,416 123,131,810 158,960,068 122,904,476
Basic:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) $ 0.85 $ 0.77 $ 1.93 $ 2.05
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) 0.00 0.01 (0.02) 0.00
Basic earnings per common share (in dollars per share) 0.85 0.78 1.91 2.05
Diluted:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) 0.84 0.75 1.89 1.99
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) (0.01) 0.01 (0.02) 0.00
Diluted earnings per common share (in dollars per share) $ 0.83 $ 0.76 $ 1.87 $ 1.99
Anti-dilutive restricted stock and restricted stock units excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per common share (in shares) 51,593 28,716 48,380 84,644