ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that Centurion of Florida, LLC ("Centurion"), a joint venture between Centene Corporation and MHM Services, Inc., has been chosen to provide correctional healthcare services for the Florida Department of Corrections in South Florida.
Centurion began providing services for over 70,000 Florida inmates in April 2016 as part of a gap procurement due to an early contract termination by its prior vendor. The addition of nine institutions and associated satellite facilities in South Florida includes more than 15,600 inmates. The initial term of Centurion's contract with the Department of Corrections runs through January 2018 when the Department anticipates completion of a formal procurement. However, the agreement also includes optional extension periods if the formal procurement is not finalized in the anticipated timeframe.
"We look forward to the expanded opportunity to continue to partner with Florida Department of Corrections and build on the positive impacts that we have made in Regions 1, 2 and 3. We are honored to work with the Department as stewards to provide care to this population while also maintaining sound financial discipline on behalf of the State and its residents," said Steven H. Wheeler, CEO of Centurion.
Centurion currently operates six additional statewide contracts providing correctional healthcare services in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee and Vermont. The expanded Florida operations are expected to start in the summer of 2017.
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Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.
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