Centene Corp., a company offering programs and services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals, plans to build a new claims processing center in Ferguson, Mo.

The new center will create 150 to 200 fulltime jobs with benefits that including health care, dental and vision insurance. The facility will process claims from Centene's Missouri-based Home State Health Plan and overflow from its U.S. other health plans. Centene will begin taking applications for the claims processing center jobs before the end of 2014.

Centene is looking for a temporary site for training and development. The new service center complex will include employee development and training, an onsite daycare, a full-service cafeteria and an auditorium for educational advancement, Centene said.

Centene has initiated the process and has an aggressive plan in place for developing the project. While a normal project of this scope generally takes up to 18 months, Centene has authorized an expedited timeline. "This is the right thing to do for the community, state and our shareholders," said Centene CEO and Chairman Michael Neidorff. "It is time for action not talk."

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