Wesley, known more as Chip, is a corporate development professional at Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare services company providing innovative delivery solutions to public health insurance programs that are proven to improve quality and reduce costs.  He is responsible for the company’s evaluation of strategic business opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe and works closely with local leaders in the private and public sectors to find ways to improve the efficiency of public health insurance programs.   
 
Prior to his current role, Chip was responsible for developing the company’s portfolio of managed care services for Medicaid, long-term care and other public health insurance programs administered by state governments in the U.S.  In 2009, he led the firm’s expansion into Massachusetts, unique to other states with its near-universal health insurance model, through a startup health insurer formed as a joint venture with a local community hospital system.  After securing the contract awards for both the subsidized and non-subsidized programs offered through the Massachusetts insurance exchange, he designed the proposal for what later became known as Commonwealth Care Bridge which allowed over 30,000 low-income legal immigrants to maintain state-funded health insurance after losing their previous public insurance due to state budget cuts.
 
Chip joined the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) group in early 2006 and spent two years working on dozens of transactions covering acute & LTC Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO), reinsurers, mental health MCOs, pharmacy benefit managers, vision benefit managers, disease management and other specialty healthcare companies.     
 
In early 2011, Chip was appointed to Missouri’s Health Insurance Advisory Committee and was an active participant in multiple work groups in other states focusing on the implementation of President Obama’s Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Chip earned his undergraduate (Economics and Finance) and MBA degrees from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.

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