--To Serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer For
Remainder of 2013--
BOSTON -- (Business Wire)
CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), today announced the appointment of Jay
Gonzalez as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1,
2014. Mr. Gonzalez will serve as Senior Vice President and Chief
Development Officer for the remainder of 2013, in order to comply with
state ethics laws which prohibit him from overseeing CeltiCare’s work
under existing contracts with the Commonwealth Health Insurance
Connector Authority (Connector). Bob LoNigro will continue to serve as
interim President and Chief Executive Officer for CeltiCare until the
transition on January 1, 2014.
Effective March 4, 2013, Mr. Gonzalez will oversee CeltiCare’s new
business efforts and will assist Centene in business development
opportunities in other states, including New Hampshire.
Since 2007, Mr. Gonzalez served in the Executive Office for
Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, most
recently as Secretary of Administration and Finance. In that role, Mr.
Gonzalez successfully managed state finances through unprecedented
fiscal challenges and helped the state earn the highest credit ratings
in state history. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Board for
the Connector. The Connector is the state entity responsible for
implementing health care reform in Massachusetts and has served as the
model for health insurance exchanges being created across the country
under national health reform.
“Mr. Gonzalez is a seasoned executive with a wealth of knowledge around
public policy. His leadership will be critical for our New England
markets, as well as for Centene as we leverage his expertise with
exchange-based solutions nationally,” said Rone Baldwin, Executive Vice
President, Insurance Group, for Centene.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Mr. Gonzalez was a partner at the law
firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP where he specialized in public
finance. Mr. Gonzalez received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth
College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
About CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts
Founded in 2009, Boston-based CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts is
a managed care organization that provides high-quality, cost-effective
health insurance to Massachusetts residents. CeltiCare is committed to
helping its members achieve better health outcomes by providing
high-quality benefits, services and wellness education. Backed by parent
company Centene Corporation, CeltiCare offers a new form of local
managed care that is tailored to the needs of Massachusetts’ progressive
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 www.centene.com.
For CeltiCare Health Plan
Lisa Salerno, 617-391-9640
Source: CeltiCare Health Plan
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