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Centene

Centene Plaza in Clayton, Missouri.
Courtesy of Centene

Obamacare pays off for this health care provider, which insured 1.2 million more Medicaid beneficiaries last year than the year before.

Company Information

Location St. Louis, MO
Industry Insurance & Managed Care
Sector Health Care
Fortune 500 Rank 186
Fortune 500 Profile http://fortune.com/fortune500/centene-186/
Current Streak 1
Years on List 1
CEO Michael F. Neidorff
Website http://www.centene.com

Revenue, Net Income

$ millions
Revenue Past Four Quarters 18231
Net Income Past Four Quarters 301

Growth Rates

%
EPS 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 113%
Rev 3 yr Annual Growth Rate 44%
Total Return 3 yr Annual Rate 75%
Beat S&P 3 yr Total Return?

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EPS Growth Rank 10
Revenue Growth Rank 18
Total Return Rank 16
Fortune's Take On Centene
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  • Three Years After Michael Brown's Death Ferguson Has New Leadership, Contentious Debates And Hope
    A current of activism and community building still runs strong in the St. Louis suburb.
  • This Health Insurer Shows You Can Make Money With Obamacare After All
    Centene boosted profits in 2Q and raised its outlook for the full year
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