Gov. Bill Lee Names Stephen Smith Director of TennCare

Monday, March 02, 2020 | 12:15pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Governor Bill Lee announced that he is appointing Stephen Smith as the Director of Tennessee’s Division of TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.4 million Tennesseans. 

“I am proud to announce that Stephen Smith will be the new Director of TennCare,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “I am confident that his leadership will keep TennCare as a leader in the nation, and my administration appreciates his willingness to continue serving our state.”

Smith currently serves as deputy director and chief of staff for the Division of TennCare, where he manages multiple program areas, including policy, legal and legislative affairs, budget and finance, and information technology. Before that, he served in former Governor Haslam’s administration in a variety of roles, including chief of staff, policy director, senior advisor, and deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs at the Tennessee Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Nashville School of Law, Smith resides in Nashville with his wife, Christina, and their three daughters.