Feb 7, 2017

Centene is willing to adapt to Medicaid reforms

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Centene CEO Michael Neidorff believes his health insurance company, one of the largest Medicaid insurers in the country, can work with Republican plans that would overhaul Medicaid. But he clearly thinks per capita caps — limits on funding for each person in the program — would work better than the other GOP idea, block grants that would be a hard limit for everything.

The key quote: "We believe we can work on any basis, whether it's block grants or per capita caps. I will note that per capita caps is a fairer approach for states that have a growing Medicaid population," Neidorff told investors on a conference call Tuesday.

By the numbers: Centene covers more than 11 million people, roughly 7 million of whom who are on Medicaid. Nearly 1.1 million of those Centene Medicaid enrollees got their coverage because of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, showing that companies such as Centene have benefited from the law and therefore have big interests in what happens to Medicaid policy reform.

Centene finished 2016 with a $562 million profit on $40.6 billion of revenue, making it larger from a revenue perspective than companies like Goldman Sachs, Merck and Best Buy.

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Older candidates take the lead on social media

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Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

The big picture: President Trump's unexpected rise to political power has shown Democrats and world leaders the power of harnessing popular internet culture to get elected.

South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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