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, shares in Thousands, $ in Millions
3 Months Ended 6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Jun. 30, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Earnings attributable to Centene Corporation:        
Earnings from continuing operations, net of tax $ 254 $ 171 $ 393 $ 156
Discontinued operations, net of tax 0 (1) 0 (2)
Net earnings $ 254 $ 170 $ 393 $ 154
Shares used in computing per share amounts:        
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in shares) 172,357 170,559 172,215 148,051
Common stock equivalents (as determined by applying the treasury stock method) (in shares) 4,063 4,290 3,905 4,147
Weighted average number of common shares and potential dilutive common shares outstanding (in shares) 176,420 174,849 176,120 152,198
Basic:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) $ 1.47 $ 1.00 $ 2.28 $ 1.05
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) 0.00 0.00 0.00 (0.01)
Basic earnings per common share (in dollars per share) 1.47 1.00 2.28 1.04
Diluted:        
Continuing operations (in dollars per share) 1.44 0.98 2.23 1.02
Discontinued operations (in dollars per share) 0.00 (0.01) 0.00 (0.01)
Diluted earnings per common share (in dollars per share) $ 1.44 $ 0.97 $ 2.23 $ 1.01
Anti-dilutive restricted stock and restricted stock units excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per common share (in shares) 5 48 40 51