Centene in the headlines: 8 recent developments

From settling overbilling allegations to its CEO being named to Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women" list, here are eight stories about Centene that Becker's has covered since Sept. 15: 

1. Centene shareholders approved changes in the company's bylaws, including ending the terms of all current board members at the 2023 annual meeting, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Board members currently serve staggered terms. The change means each board member must be elected or reelected annually. 

2. Centene CEO Sarah London was one of three payer executives named to Fortune's 2022 "50 Most Powerful Women" list released Oct. 4. Ms. London, who has been the payer's CEO since March, ranked 39th on the list. 

3. Centene on Sept. 29 agreed to pay $14.2 million to settle allegations it overbilled Massachusetts' state Medicaid programs for pharmacy services.    

4. Centene's New Mexico-based subsidiary Western Sky is launching a virtual doula network for Medicaid members. The network is being launched through a partnership with virtual maternal healthcare provider Pacify. 

5. Centene subsidiary Delaware First Health selected Bill Wilson to serve as plan president and CEO on Sept. 26. 

6. Centene subsidiary Nebraska Total Care was one of three health plans selected Sept. 23 to administer the state's Medicaid managed care program. The contract begins in January 2024.   

7. Centene agreed Sept. 19 to pay Texas $165.6 million to settle the state's investigation into whether the payer violated Medicaid fraud laws. 

8. Centene's Texas-based subsidiary, Superior HealthPlan was awarded a six-year contract Sept. 15 to continue providing healthcare coverage for foster care youths through the State of Texas Access Reform Health Medicaid program.

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