Centene’s 1Q Features Lots Of Pandemic Upside, Downside

Centene Corp.’s two dominant business lines — managed Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act exchanges — both were sources of significant headwinds and tailwinds in the first quarter of 2021, underscoring the often-contradictory impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health insurance sector.

On the one hand, Centene acknowledged in its earnings report that it saw higher COVID-19 and traditional utilization in its ACA marketplace business, surprising Jefferies analysts who noted that “those components have tended to move in opposite directions.” Centene also saw its marketplace membership decline year over year by 14%, the analysts noted.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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