Centene Corp. last week unveiled a new health disparities task force staffed with ten leaders spanning from the former vice president of the Navajo Nation to a hospital CEO in New Orleans. Centene will use the task force’s insights to study and address health disparities seen in its most vulnerable populations, paying particular attention to issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Centene is currently the largest managed Medicaid payer in the U.S., serving 7.85 million lives (not accounting for its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, Inc.). The insurer has recently expanded its presence in the Medicare Advantage sector, and currently enrolls 340,001 seniors and Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans