ST. LOUIS, June 8,
2012/PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC)
has been notified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services (ODJFS) that Buckeye Community Health Plan
(Buckeye), Centene's Ohiosubsidiary, has
been selected as one of five health plans to be awarded a
contract to serve Medicaid members in Ohio,
effective January 2013.
Under the new state contract, Buckeye will operate
statewide through Ohio's three newly
aligned regions (West, Central/Southeast, and Northeast).
Coverage for both CFC and ABD recipients has been combined
into a single contract for each region.
The ODJFS on April 6, 2012, initially
announced five health plans had been selected as part of
the state's recent RFA process. Buckeye was not among
the plans selected at that time and was one of five plans
that filed a formal protest on April 16. After
review of applications, the protests, and other
correspondences from the applicants and, after a rescoring
of the applications, the ODJFS has recommended Buckeye to
be awarded a Medicaid contract.
"We have long been committed to carrying out our
mission of delivering innovative healthcare solutions that
result in healthy outcomes for Ohio's
Medicaid recipients, and we are pleased to continue our
partnership with the state of Ohio," said
Steven White, President and CEO of Buckeye
Community Health Plan.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading
multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and
related services to the rising number of under-insured and
uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under
Medicaid, including the State Children's Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind, or
Disabled (ABD), Foster Careand long-term care,
in addition to other state-sponsored programs, and Medicare
(Special Needs Plans). Centene's CeltiCare subsidiary
offers states unique, "exchange based" and other
cost-effective coverage solutions for low-income
populations. The Company operates local health plans and
offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also
contracts with other healthcare and commercial
organizations to provide specialty services including
behavioral health, life and health management, managed
vision, telehealth services, and pharmacy benefits
management.Centene is available at www.centene.com.
SOURCE Centene Corporation
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