On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability). Click here to see the list of graduating participants.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm
NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:09pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.
Friday, December 16, 2016 | 1:00pm
Nashville – Today Dr. Wendy Long, director of TennCare, the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted a five-year extension of Tennessee’s section 1115 demonstration, TennCare II. The new approval period ends on June 30, 2021.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 12:54pm
KNOXVILLE—For the third year in a row, the estimated number of uninsured people in Tennessee dropped, according to a report released today by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, which is housed in the Haslam College of Business.
The percentage of uninsured people in Tennessee—5.5 percent—is the lowest in the past 20 years.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 | 1:15pm
Nashville – Dr. Wendy Long, director of TennCare, the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, announced today that doctors and hospitals reduced costs while maintaining quality of care in the first year of TennCare’s episodes of care value-based payment strategy.
Episodes of care is one of several value-based strategies that TennCare has advanced in the past few years through the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative. Since 2013, TennCare and major health insurers in Tennessee have worked together to move from paying for volume to paying for value. Increasingly, health care providers are being rewarded for positive outcomes including high quality and efficient treatment of medical conditions and maintaining people's health over time.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 11:49am
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.”
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.