Centene Boosts Behavioral Health Offerings With Magellan Buy

Following the recent acquisition of PANTHERx Rare, LLC and the first- quarter 2020 addition of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., Centene Corp. kicked off the new year with an agreement to purchase Magellan Health, Inc. for $2.2 billion. Magellan also just completed the previously disclosed sale of its managed care division to Molina Healthcare, Inc. The newer transaction will allow Centene to expand its behavioral health platform, increase its specialty health and pharmacy capabilities and enhance its ability to address members’ whole health.

During a Jan. 4 conference call to discuss the planned transaction, Centene Chairman, President and CEO Michael Neidorff said the combination is in line with the company’s diversification strategy and boosts Centene’s capacity to “provide comprehensive care to the most complex and vulnerable populations,” especially as it relates to behavioral health care.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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