NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Will Cromer, his special assistant for strategy and policy director, will be joining the Bureau of TennCare as deputy director and chief of staff. “Will has been one of my closest and most trusted advisors for more than six years, and while I think this is a great opportunity for him and the new leadership team Dr. Long is assembling at TennCare, I would be lying if I said I won’t miss having him one floor away,” Haslam said. “Will is incredibly smart and thoughtful, and he has been at the heart of every major policy decision and initiative we’ve launched in our office. I’m excited to see him apply his knowledge and experience in helping manage this $11 billion agency.”
Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 11:49am
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 8:27am
NASHVILLE – In the summer of 2014, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, with support and leadership from Governor Bill Haslam, multiple state agencies, local governments, and citizens across the Volunteer State embarked on a first of its kind prevention campaign, created and conceived with the goal to take action and address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | 1:42pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Dr. Wendy Long will become the director of TennCare and deputy commissioner of Health Care Finance and Administration (HCFA). Long will replace Darin Gordon, who is leaving at the end of June after 10 years as TennCare director. She has served as deputy director and chief of staff of the Health Care Finance and Administration division of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration since 2013. Long served as chief medical officer for TennCare from 2004-2012.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 11:11am
NASHVILLE – 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.
Monday, March 28, 2016 | 3:06pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled additions to the FY 2016-2017 budget that will be considered by the 109th General Assembly in the coming weeks. The appropriations amendment to HB2629/SB2653 follows closely the governor’s original budget proposal presented to the legislature on February 1, and it recognizes $60 million in savings from state departments that was returned to the General Fund.
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 2:52pm
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, today announced the winners of the first Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations, a new recognition program highlighting the collaborative and innovative projects that are helping students enter the classroom prepared to learn. The awards will be presented in March during the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s (TCCY) Children’s Advocacy Days in Nashville.
Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 12:56pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will hold state budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 on Monday, November 30, through Friday, December 4. The hearings will be held in the Executive Conference Room on the ground floor of the Capitol. Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Chief Operating Officer Greg Adams and David Thurman, state budget director, will preside.
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Monday, November 16, 2015 | 11:47am
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, announced today it is accepting nominations for the first Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations. These awards have been created to recognize collaborative and innovative projects that are helping Tennessee students enter the classroom prepared to learn. “Strong economic and community development starts with our youngest citizens,” Governor Haslam said. “We are excited to create these awards to honor the community leaders and volunteers who reach across systems to help Tennessee children succeed.”
UT Study: TennCare Satisfaction at Record High Level While Tennessee’s Uninsured Numbers Continue to DeclineWednesday, October 14, 2015 | 9:44am
KNOXVILLE – The estimated number of uninsured people in Tennessee continues to drop, according to a report released today by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Haslam College of Business.
These numbers are a part of "The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients 2015," a report authored by LeAnn Luna, CBER professor, and Angela Thacker, CBER research associate.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | 12:49pm
In its second annual report to Gov. Bill Haslam, the Employment First Task Force highlighted a groundbreaking cooperative effort among state government agencies, defined key metrics for monitoring progress across a 3-year strategic plan, and outlined a public-private partnership to publicly track state and national data in several sectors.
Friday, October 02, 2015 | 10:43am
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) debuted important new training for families, caregivers, and medical professionals to improve the outcomes of medical care for people with disabilities.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 3:50pm
Around 11:50 p.m., EST, on July 1, 2015, CSX Railroad reported a tank car on fire near Maryville, Tenn., 15 miles south of Knoxville, in Blount County. The southbound, two-engine train was carrying 57 cars, 25 of which contained hazardous material.
Friday, March 06, 2015 | 8:42am
Members to be notified and offered identity theft protection services
NASHVILLE – TennCare members potentially impacted by the recent data breach of Anthem’s information technology system will begin receiving notification letters from Amerigroup on March 25, 2015. Anthem owns Amerigroup which is one of the health plans operating within the TennCare Managed Care Organization network.
Monday, February 02, 2015 | 12:34pm
Governor’s plan provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans at no cost to the state
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this evening addressed a joint convention of the 109th General Assembly as legislators began an extraordinary legislative session to consider his Insure Tennessee plan.
The proposal, a two-year pilot program to provide market-based health care coverage to more than 250,000 Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options, does not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget.
Monday, January 12, 2015 | 6:45am
Independent consultant report provides recommendations for next steps
NASHVILLE – – The state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, announced plans to begin the process of selecting a new vendor for the continued development of the Tennessee Eligibility Determination System (TEDS).
After months of delays and missed benchmarks, the state hired an independent international consulting firm to perform an assessment of TEDS to review the project as it currently exists, identify project deficiencies, and identify potential risks to the TennCare program. The assessment was also intended to provide the state with potential alternatives in order to successfully move forward with the development of the TEDS project.