Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Condensed Financial Information of Registrant - Condensed Balance Sheets (Details)

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Condensed Financial Information of Registrant - Condensed Balance Sheets (Details) - USD ($)
$ in Millions
Dec. 31, 2019
Dec. 31, 2018
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,123 $ 5,342    
Short-term investments 863 722    
Other current assets 1,090 784    
Total current assets 20,323 11,998    
Long-term investments 7,717 6,861    
Other long-term assets 1,249 527    
Total assets 40,994 30,901 $ 21,855  
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities 12,932 11,971    
Long-term debt 13,638 6,648    
Other long-term liabilities 1,732 1,259    
Total liabilities 28,302 19,878    
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 33 10    
Stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; authorized 10,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 0 0    
Common stock, $.001 par value; authorized 800,000 shares; 421,508 issued and 415,048 outstanding at December 31, 2019, and 417,695 issued and 412,478 outstanding at December 31, 2018 0 0    
Additional paid-in capital 7,647 7,449    
Accumulated other comprehensive earnings (loss) 134 (56)    
Retained earnings 4,984 3,663    
Treasury stock, at cost (6,460 and 5,217 shares, respectively) (214) (139)    
Total Centene stockholders' equity 12,551 10,917    
Noncontrolling interest 108 96    
Total stockholders' equity 12,659 11,013 $ 6,864 $ 5,909
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and stockholders' equity 40,994 30,901    
Parent Company        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents 6,257 6    
Short-term investments 3 2    
Other current assets 50 61    
Total current assets 6,310 69    
Long-term investments 130 14    
Investment in subsidiaries 19,561 17,409    
Other long-term assets 337 278    
Total assets 26,338 17,770    
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities 198 109    
Long-term debt 13,411 6,521    
Other long-term liabilities 37 117    
Total liabilities 13,646 6,747    
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 33 10    
Stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; authorized 10,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 0 0    
Common stock, $.001 par value; authorized 800,000 shares; 421,508 issued and 415,048 outstanding at December 31, 2019, and 417,695 issued and 412,478 outstanding at December 31, 2018 0 0    
Additional paid-in capital 7,647 7,449    
Accumulated other comprehensive earnings (loss) 134 (56)    
Retained earnings 4,984 3,663    
Treasury stock, at cost (6,460 and 5,217 shares, respectively) (214) (139)    
Total Centene stockholders' equity 12,551 10,917    
Noncontrolling interest 108 96    
Total stockholders' equity 12,659 11,013    
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and stockholders' equity $ 26,338 $ 17,770