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Centene Unit Begins Termination Of MedicaidContract WithCommonwealth Of Kentucky

Centene Corp. (CNC) announced Wednesday that its subsidiary, Kentucky Spirit Health Plan, has notified the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that it is exercising a contractual right that it believes allows Kentucky Spirit to terminate its Medicaid managed care contract with the Commonwealth of Kentucky effective July 5, 2013.

In addition, Kentucky Spirit has filed a formal dispute with the Cabinet for damages incurred under the contract.

"Since the inception of the contract, we have been in discussions with the Cabinet about our concerns with the Medicaid managed care program but have been unable to resolve our differences. Consequently, we do not believe there is a viable path to a sustainable managed care program in Kentucky. As a result, we are in the unfortunate position of having to take steps to terminate the contract and exit the market," said Jesse Hunter, Executive Vice President of Operations for Centene.

Consistent with the steps taken to terminate the Kentucky contract effective July 5, 2013, Centene anticipates recording a pre-tax premium deficiency reserve ranging from $60 million to $70 million related to the Kentucky operations in the third-quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third quarter results will be released on October 23, 2012 and operating results, excluding the premium deficiency reserve related to Kentucky, are expected to be in line with the forecast incorporated into the Company's previously communicated annual guidance.

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