A Locke Lord team led by Ashlee Knuckey (Chicago) represented WellCare as national insurance and health care regulatory counsel in its $17.3 billion merger with Centene, creating a premier health care enterprise focused on government-sponsored health care programs and a leader in Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. In connection with the merger, the team also represented WellCare as national insurance and health care regulatory counsel in the sale of its Missouri and Nebraska Medicaid plans to Anthem, Inc. The transactions closed on Jan. 23, 2020. For more information, see the press release. Additional team members include Jon Biasetti, Tim Farber, Dave Kendall, Ben Sykes, Steve Whitmer, Heidi Brady, Sky Emison, Cassie Gawron, Rebecca Hemmings and Andrea Verney Kerstein (all of Chicago), Tammy Woffenden, Brittany Bratcher and Ashley Wheelock (all of Austin) and Denise Hanna (Washington, D.C.).