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IlliniCare Health Plan Adds A Suite Of Seasoned Executives To Its Leadership Team

WESTMONT, Ill., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IlliniCare Health Plan ( IlliniCare), a subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), today announced three key appointments to its leadership team.

Lindsey Artola is appointed Vice President of External Affairs. Ms. Artola will oversee government and legislative affairs, advocacy and strengthen development activities throughout IlliniCare. Prior to joining IlliniCare, Ms. Artola came from Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, and was serving as their Chief External Affairs Officer overseeing government affairs, development, and community partnerships and outreach strategies.  Ms. Artola earned a Master of Health Science in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Queens University, Kingston Ontario Canada.

Brian Maude is appointed Vice President of Finance.  Prior to joining IlliniCare, Mr. Maude was the Vice President of Finance at Health Net Inc.  He led the financial planning and pricing functions for the $3.5 billion Government and Specialty Services Division, containing over 3000 employees with both domestic and international operations.  Mr. Maude earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from San Diego State University and a Bachelor's of Business Administration from The George Washington University. 

Dr. Neil Sharma, M.D. is appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Director.  Dr. Sharma will be responsible for the plan's clinical strategy to improve the health of IlliniCare's members and to develop and implement innovative quality initiatives with State Leaders and IlliniCare's network providers.  Before joining IlliniCare, Dr. Sharma had a private practice in Geriatric Medicine in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  There he had multiple appointments and directorships.  Dr. Sharma pursued his residency at Southern Illinois University where he was appointed Chief Resident.  He then completed his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago where he received the "Fellow Clinician of the Year" award.

"I'm excited that we have an immensely experienced and passionate management team to lead IlliniCare and our mission into the future," said Jeff Joy, President and CEO of IlliniCare. "We are thrilled with the extension of our leadership to support our growth and the needs of the communities that we serve. As we look towards the future, the insights and experience of Dr. Sharma, Lindsey and Brian will add significantly in our ability to execute flawlessly in our drive -- providing solutions for better health outcomes at lower costs."

About IlliniCare Health Plan IlliniCare Health Plan (IlliniCare) is a Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracted to provide services under Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Integrated Care Program and the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI). IlliniCare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise offering both core Medicaid and specialty services. IlliniCare currently serves over 20,000 members as part of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Integrated Care Program (ICP) in suburban Cook (outside the 606 zip code), DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kankakee and Will Counties. In April of this year, IlliniCare expanded the Integrated Care Program to serve Boone, McHenry and Winnebago Counties. IlliniCare was also recently been named as one of the six Managed Care Organizations selected by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to participate in the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in the greater Chicago area. Information regarding IlliniCare is available at

About   Centene Corporation Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of 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, in addition to other state-sponsored programs, and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). Centene's CeltiCare subsidiary offers states unique, "exchange based" and other cost-effective coverage solutions for low-income populations. The Company 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, life and health management, managed vision, telehealth services, and pharmacy benefits management. More information regarding Centene is available at

SOURCE IlliniCare Health Plan

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