TENNCare Chief Steps Down

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced TennCare Director and Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Finance and Administration Darin Gordon will enter the private sector at the end of June, leaving a nationally respected legacy of stability and innovation for a program serving some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations.

Started in 1994, TennCare is the state’s Medicaid program, a $10.5 billion health care enterprise that provides services to nearly 1.5 million Tennesseans and has earned customer satisfaction ratings above 90 percent for the past seven years.

Having taken on his role in 2006, Gordon is not only the longest serving TennCare director in state history but also is currently the longest serving director in the country. During the 12 years prior to his appointment, the position changed hands 10 times.

Under Gordon’s leadership TennCare has maintained the lowest cost trend in its history, made significant improvements in a substantial number of quality measures, and has been nationally recognized for innovations in managed care and payment and delivery system reform.

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