Centene Awarded Statewide Medicaid Contract In Iowa

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 General News
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ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --áCentene Corporation (NYSE:áCNC) announced today that its Iowa

subsidiary, Iowa Total Care, Inc., has been tentatively awarded a statewide contract for the IA Health Link Program. Pending regulatory approval, the contract is expected to commence on July 1, 2019.

"We are pleased

to be selected for the IA Health Link Program," said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman and CEO for Centene. "We look forward to working with the state of Iowa to deliver on our mission of providing better health outcomes for Iowa residents at a lower cost to the state."

The IA Health Link Program provides integratedáMedicaidámanaged care coverage, including long-term services and supports (LTSS) and behavioral health, to over 600,000áMedicaidámembers in the state.

"Iowa Total Care is pleased to have been selected as an intended awardee for the IA Health Link Program," said Brent Layton, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for Centene. "We look forward to partnering with the state and the provider community while ensuring the people of Iowa have access to comprehensive, quality healthcare."

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided underáMedicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD),áFoster Careáand Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), in addition to other state-sponsored programs,áMedicareá(including theáMedicareáprescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), dual eligible programs and programs with theáU.S. Department of DefenseáandáU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.áCenteneáalso provides healthcare services to groups and individuals delivered through commercial health plans.áCenteneáoperates 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 management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, commercial programs, home-based primary care services, life and health management, vision benefits management, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.

Centeneáuses its investor relations website to publish important information about the Company, including information that may be deemed material to investors. Financial and other information aboutáCenteneáis routinely posted and is accessible onáCentene'sáinvestor relations website,áhttp://www.centene.com/investors.

Forward-Looking Statements

The company and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act ("PSLRA") of 1995, including statements in this and other press releases, in presentations, filings with theáSecurities and Exchange Commissioná("SEC"), reports to stockholders and in meetings with investors and analysts. In particular, the information provided in this press release may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business ofáCenteneáand certain plans and objectives ofáCenteneáwith respect thereto, including but not limited to the expected benefits of the acquisition (Health Net Acquisition) ofáHealth Net, Inc.á(Health Net) and the proposed acquisition ofáNew York State Catholic Health Plan, Inc., d/b/a Fidelis Care New York (Fidelis Care) (Proposed Fidelis Acquisition or Fidelis Care Transaction). These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. Without limiting the foregoing, forward-looking statements often use words such as "anticipate", "seek", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "plan", "goal", "believe", "hope", "aim", "continue", "will", "may", "can", "would", "could" or "should" or other words of similar meaning or the negative thereof. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in PSLRA. A number of factors, variables or events could cause actual plans and results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to,áCentene'sáability to accurately predict and effectively manage health benefits and other operating expenses and reserves; competition; membership and revenue declines or unexpected trends; changes in healthcare practices, new technologies and advances in medicine; increased healthcare costs; changes in economic, political or market conditions; changes in federal or state laws or regulations, including changes with respect to income tax reform or government healthcare programs as well as changes with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act and any regulations enacted thereunder that may result from changing political conditions; rate cuts or other payment reductions or delays by governmental payors and other risks and uncertainties affectingáCentene'ságovernment businesses;áCentene'sáability to adequately price products on federally facilitated and state based Health Insurance Marketplaces; tax matters; disasters or major epidemics; the outcome of legal and regulatory proceedings; changes in expected contract start dates; provider, state, federal and other contract changes and timing of regulatory approval of contracts; the expiration, suspension or termination ofáCenteneáoráFidelis Care'sácontracts with federal or state governments (including but not limited toáMedicaid,áMedicare, TRICARE or other customers); the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of pending or future litigation or government investigations; challenges toáCenteneáoráFidelis Care'sácontract awards; cyber-attacks or other privacy or data security incidents; the possibility that the expected synergies and value creation from acquired businesses, including, without limitation, the Health Net Acquisition and the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition, will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period, including, but not limited to, as a result of any failure to obtain any regulatory, governmental or third party consents or approvals in connection with the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition (including any such approvals under the New York Non-For-Profit Corporation Law) or any conditions, terms, obligations or restrictions imposed in connection with the receipt of such consents or approvals; the exertion of management's time andáCentene'sáresources, and other expenses incurred and business changes required in connection with complying with the undertakings in connection with any regulatory, governmental or third party consents or approvals for the Health Net Acquisition or the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition; disruption caused by significant completed and pending acquisitions, including the Health Net Acquisition and the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition, making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the risk that unexpected costs will be incurred in connection with the completion and/or integration of acquisition transactions, including among others, the Health Net Acquisition and the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition; changes in expected closing dates, estimated purchase price andáaccretion for acquisitions; the risk that acquired businesses and pending acquisitions, including Health Net andáFidelis Care, will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the conditions to the completion of the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition may not be satisfied or completed on a timely basis, or at all; failure to obtain or receive any required regulatory approvals, consents or clearances for the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition, and the risk that, even if so obtained or received, regulatory authorities impose conditions on the completion of the transaction that could require the exertion of management's time andáCentene'sáresources, or otherwise have an adverse effect onáCenteneáor the completion of the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition; business uncertainties and contractual restrictions while the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition is pending, which could adversely affectáCentene'sábusiness and operations; change of control provisions or other provisions in certain agreements to whicháFidelis Careáis a party, which may be triggered by the completion of the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition; loss of management personnel and other key employees due to uncertainties associated with the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition; the risk that, following completion of the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition, the combined company may not be able to effectively manage its expanded operations; restrictions and limitations that may stem from the financing arrangements that the combined company will enter into in connection with the Proposed Fidelis Acquisition;áCentene'sáability to achieve improvement in theáCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Servicesá(CMS) Star ratings and maintain or achieve improvement in other quality scores in each case that can impact revenue and future growth; availability of debt and equity financing, on terms that are favorable toáCentene; inflation; foreign currency fluctuations; and risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports thatáCenteneáhas filed with theáSEC. These forward-looking statements reflectáCentene'sácurrent views with respect to future events and are based on numerous assumptions and assessments made byáCenteneáin light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, business strategies, operating environments, future developments and other factors it believes appropriate. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are subject to change because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this press release could causeáCentene'sáplans with respect to the Health Net Acquisition, actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is currently believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct and persons reading this press release are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this press release.áCenteneádoes not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release (whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise), except as required by applicable law. This list of important factors is not intended to be exhaustive. We discuss certain of these matters more fully, as well as certain other risk factors that may affectáCentene'sábusiness operations, financial condition and results of operations, ináCentene'sáfilings with theáSEC, including the annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.

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