Prepared By R.R. Donnelley Financial -- Form 8-K
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 8-K
Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  02/01/2006
Centene Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission File Number:  000-33395
(State or other jurisdiction of
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
7711 Carondelet Avenue, Suite 800, St. Louis, MO 63105
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Information to be included in the report

Item 1.01.    Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On January 26, 2006, Managed Health Services Insurance Corp. (MHS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, executed a contract for Medicaid and BadgerCare HMO Services with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (the Department). The contract is effective by its terms as of February 1, 2006. The initial contract term is effective through December 31, 2007; however, the parties may mutually agree to renew the contract for an additional one-year period. This contract replaces a prior contract between MHS and the Department which terminated January 31, 2006. The agreement may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement or by either party under the terms specified in the contract.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Centene Corporation
Date: February 02, 2006
/s/    Karey L. Witty

Karey L. Witty
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer