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 (Loss) [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Retained Earnings [Member]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Treasury Stock [Member]
Non Controlling Interest [Member]
Balance at Dec. 31, 2012 $ 953,767 $ 55 $ 450,856 $ 5,189 $ 566,820 $ (69,864) $ 711
Balance (in shares) at Dec. 31, 2012 52,329,248 55,339,160       3,009,912  
Comprehensive Earnings:              
Net earnings (loss) 110,836       111,859   (1,023)
Change in unrealized investment (loss) gain, net of $(3,999) tax (7,034)     (7,034)      
Comprehensive earnings (loss) 103,802            
Common stock issued for acquisition 75,425 2 75,423        
Common stock issued for acquisition (in shares) 1,716,690 1,716,690          
Common stock issued for stock offering 15,225 0 15,225        
Common stock issued for stock offering (in shares) 342,640 342,640          
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans 8,285 1 8,284        
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans (in shares)   474,308          
Common stock repurchases (5,677)         (5,677)  
Common stock repurchases (in shares)           95,335  
Stock compensation expense 27,252   27,252        
Excess tax benefits from stock compensation 1,148   1,148        
Contribution from noncontrolling interest 5,864           5,864
Balance at Sep. 30, 2013 $ 1,185,091 $ 58 $ 578,188 $ (1,845) $ 678,679 $ (75,541) $ 5,552
Balance (in shares) at Sep. 30, 2013 54,767,551 57,872,798       3,105,247