Senate leader calls Centene 'callous' after meeting with insurer's CEO

A ranking member of the Senate healthcare committee called Centene Corp. "callous" in a letter to CMS officials after a meeting with the insurer's CEO, according to The Dallas Morning News.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., met with Centene CEO Michael Neidorff to address news reports that alleged Centene's Texas subsidiary health plan and other Medicaid service providers denied life-sustaining care to children to boost profits. The investigation was completed by The Dallas Morning News.

In an interview with The Dallas Morning News and ProPublica after the meeting with Mr. Neidorff, Mr. Casey said: "I thought they would try to persuade me that they were going to do better, but they didn't seem interested in that at all. I just couldn't believe it."

Mr. Casey sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma about the meeting, in which he called Centene's response to questions surrounding their care coverage "callous," according to the report. He added that the insurer cast blame on foster parents and nurses for lapses in care.

In an emailed statement to The Dallas Morning News, Centene said it "and its subsidiaries care deeply about each and every member we serve. We work tirelessly to ensure we provide the appropriate level of care for our members."

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