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The Tennessee Health Connection is now TennCare Connect

Dr. Wendy Long

Deputy Commissioner 
Department of TennCare

Wendy Long is the Deputy Commissioner and Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In her current role, Dr. Long manages an $12 billion health care enterprise that provides services to 1.3 million Tennesseans. TennCare is recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of high quality, cost effective care through an integrated managed care delivery system. 

Before becoming Director in 2016, Dr. Long held key executive management positions within the organization including Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer and provided leadership and direction to all areas of TennCare operations, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of cost efficient strategies to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Long is a Nashville Health Care Council Fellow (class of 2015) and is a past president of the Tennessee Public Health Association. At the national level, she is involved in health policy through the efforts of several organizations including serving as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards Committee and the Steering Committee for the Milbank Fund’s Reforming States Group.

Dr. Long received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the Ohio State University and completed a Preventive Medicine residency and the Master of Public Health program at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the team at TennCare, Dr. Long was an Assistant Commissioner in the Tennessee Department of Health where she oversaw a wide variety of programs and services including maternal and child health, communicable disease control, and the operation of local and regional health departments throughout the State.