NASHVILLE (WDEF) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that 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.
Long 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.
“We are fortunate to have someone with such a depth of experience working in TennCare to take on this assignment,” Haslam said.
“TennCare is among the best managed Medicaid programs in the nation, and this move will help us maintain that performance. Tennesseans can have great confidence in Dr. Long in this important position.”
Prior to becoming TennCare’s chief medical officer in 2004, Long held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at the Tennessee Department of Health including assistant commissioner and medical director for the Bureau of Health Services.
Long also has previous TennCare experience having served as medical director from 1997-1999 and as interim director from March 1998-January 1999.