Sunflower Health Plan, a Centene Subsidiary, Chosen for Kansas Medicaid Award

A prominent healthcare enterprise dedicated to enhancing individuals’ well-being, announced today that the Kansas Department of Administration has chosen its subsidiary, Sunflower Health Plan (Sunflower), based in Kansas, to continue providing managed health care services under KanCare, the State of Kansas’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The new three-year contract is set to commence on January 1, 2025, with the possibility of extension for up to two additional 12-month periods.

Currently serving over 141,000 Kansans statewide, including more than 7,900 Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) members, Sunflower employs a distinctive coordinated care approach. This model fosters health equity, delivers person-centered care, enhances access to services and providers, and drives improved outcomes for members and communities throughout the state. With this selection, Sunflower joins two other Medicaid managed care organizations chosen to provide services through KanCare.

“We are privileged to continue our longstanding commitment to serving Medicaid beneficiaries in Kansas,” stated Sarah M. London, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Centene. “Looking ahead, we are excited to fulfill the State’s renewed emphasis on integrated, holistic care and innovative strategies to best support our members and providers. We eagerly anticipate sustaining our robust partnership with the state and further contributing to the health and well-being of KanCare members.”

Centene is a recognized leader nationwide in delivering programs and services under Medicaid, CHIP, and other government-funded initiatives. Its affiliates serve over 13 million Medicaid members across 31 states and boast the largest managed LTSS footprint in the country, with more than 169,000 managed LTSS members across 12 states and 26,500 members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We are honored to continue collaborating with the State of Kansas to address healthcare disparities and enhance health outcomes through comprehensive, integrated care,” commented Michael Stephens, President and CEO of Sunflower Plan. “In alignment with the state’s collective vision for the future of KanCare, Sunflower is well-prepared and enthusiastic about playing a pivotal role in promoting the health, wellness, and independence of individuals with long-term and special needs.

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