Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Earnings (Loss) Per Share (Details)

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Earnings (Loss) Per Share (Details) (USD $)
In Thousands, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended 6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
Jun. 30, 2013
Jun. 30, 2014
Jun. 30, 2013
Earnings Per Share [Abstract]        
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Centene Corporation $ 47,183 $ 40,289 $ 80,999 $ 62,928
Discontinued operations, net of income tax expense (benefit) 1,680 (805) 847 (442)
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent $ 48,863 $ 39,484 $ 81,846 $ 62,486
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in shares) 57,758,683 54,529,036 57,622,039 53,449,077
Common stock equivalents (as determined by applying the treasury stock method) 1,958,575 2,072,624 1,925,381 1,999,319
Weighted average number of common shares and potential dilutive common shares outstanding (in shares) 59,717,258 56,601,660 59,547,420 55,448,396
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations, Per Basic Share $ 0.82 $ 0.74 $ 1.41 $ 1.18
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations and Disposal of Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax, Per Basic Share $ 0.03 $ (0.02) $ 0.01 $ (0.01)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share (in dollars per share) $ 0.85 $ 0.72 $ 1.42 $ 1.17
Continuing operations, Diluted $ 0.79 $ 0.71 $ 1.36 $ 1.14
Discontinued operations, Diluted $ 0.03 $ (0.01) $ 0.01 $ (0.01)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share (in dollars per share) $ 0.82 $ 0.70 $ 1.37 $ 1.13
Anti-dilutive stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per common share 51,855 35,094 55,544 68,809