Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Consolidated Statement Of Stockholders' Equity

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Consolidated Statement Of Stockholders' Equity (USD $)
In Thousands, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
Total
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Common Stock [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Additional Paid-In Capital [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Retained Earnings [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Treasury Stock [Member]
Non Controlling Interest [Member]
Balance at Dec. 31, 2011 $ 936,419 $ 54 $ 421,981 $ 5,761 $ 564,961 $ (57,123) $ 785
Balance (in shares) at Dec. 31, 2011 50,864,618 53,586,726       2,722,108  
Comprehensive Earnings:              
Net earnings (loss) (15,934)       (7,202)   (8,732)
Change in unrealized investment gain, net of $623 tax 941     941      
Comprehensive earnings (loss) (14,993)            
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans 12,297   12,297        
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans (in shares)   818,570          
Common stock repurchases (2,154)         (2,154)  
Common stock repurchases (in shares)           50,484  
Stock compensation expense 18,417   18,417        
Excess tax benefits from stock compensation 6,046   6,046        
Contribution from noncontrolling interest 1,032           1,032
Balance at Sep. 30, 2012 $ 957,064 $ 54 $ 458,741 $ 6,702 $ 557,759 $ (59,277) $ (6,915)
Balance (in shares) at Sep. 30, 2012 51,632,704 54,405,296       2,772,592