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August 22, 2019

AHCCCS Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Health Care Plan Merger

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is seeking public comment regarding the proposed merger agreement between Centene Corporation (“Centene”) and WellCare Health Plans ("WellCare"), which would result in Centene acquiring control of WellCare. In addition, AHCCCS is seeking public comment on the proposed transition plan associated with this proposed merger. Two AHCCCS contracted health plans, Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan and Care1st Health Plan of Arizona, are affected by this proposed merger.

Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan is owned by Centene Corporation and currently serves approximately 209,600 members throughout Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila counties as well as the entire southern geographic area including Pima County. Care1st Health Plan of Arizona is a wholly owned subsidiary of WellCare and currently serves approximately 173,400 members throughout Maricopa, Pinal and Gila counties as well as the entire northern geographic area of the state.

Read more about the proposed transition plan and the resulting organizational changes. AHCCCS requests public comments on the proposed merger no later than September 20, 2019. Comments can be submitted to Centene-WellCareMerger@azahcccs.gov.

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