Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Consolidated Statement Of Stockholders' Equity

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Consolidated Statement Of Stockholders' Equity - 6 months ended Jun. 30, 2015 - USD ($)
$ in Millions
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]
Centene Stockholders' Equity - Non Controlling Interest [Member]
Balance at Dec. 31, 2014 $ 1,743 $ 0 $ 840 $ (1) $ 1,003 $ (98) $ (1)
Balance (in shares) at Dec. 31, 2014 118,433,416 124,274,864       5,841,448  
Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward]              
Net earnings $ 151       151   0
Comprehensive Earnings:              
Change in unrealized gain on investments, net of tax (1)     (1)      
Foreign currency translation (4)     (4)      
Total comprehensive earnings 148            
Common stock issued for acquisition 13 $ 0 9     $ 4  
Common stock issued for acquisition (in shares)   0       (247,580)  
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans 3 $ 0 3        
Common stock issued for employee benefit plans (in shares)   537,479          
Common stock repurchases (7)         $ (7)  
Common stock repurchases (in shares)           130,531  
Stock compensation expense 33   33        
Excess tax benefits from stock compensation 6   6        
Reclassification to redeemable noncontrolling interest 1           1
Balance at Jun. 30, 2015 $ 1,940 $ 0 $ 891 $ (4) $ 1,154 $ (101) $ 0
Balance (in shares) at Jun. 30, 2015 119,087,944 124,812,343       5,724,399