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Longtime TennCare Director Darin Gordon retiring in June

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Longtime TennCare Director Darin Gordon, who spearheaded Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's unsuccessful Insure Tennessee proposal, is stepping down after 20 years in state government.

Haslam announced Gordon's retirement at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday, citing his role in bringing stability to the state's expanded Medicaid program. Gordon's decade at the helm of TennCare came after the program had seen 10 directors in the previous 12 years.

TennCare is a $10.5 billion program covering health care services for nearly 1.5 million low-income Tennesseans.

Gordon last year served as Haslam's chief liaison to the Legislature on the proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. But GOP lawmakers defeated the Insure Tennessee plan amid worries that it was too closely linked to President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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