Health and Family Services Cabinet
Glenn Jennings Named Medicaid Commissioner
Office of Insurance Administrator to Lead DMS
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced today that Glenn Jennings will serve as the new commissioner of the Department for Medicaid Services, effective July 15.
Jennings joins DMS after a successful stint at the Kentucky Office of Insurance, where he was appointed executive director in April 2005. Jennings originally came to KOI in January 2002, serving as deputy commissioner, and was acting executive director of the agency from December 2003 to July 2004.
Jennings was named Medicaid commissioner following a search that began earlier this month to replace Shannon R. Turner, who resigned the post to accept a position with the University of Louisville. Thomas Badgett, M.D., has been serving as the acting DMS commissioner since Turner’s departure.
“Glenn Jennings comes to CHFS with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the health care and insurance industries, as well as Medicaid. During our search, we found the perfect fit to lead KyHealth Choices, the newly transformed Medicaid system, right here in the administration,” said Birdwhistell. “We are very pleased to have him on board.”
An active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Jennings was a founding member of the Information Resources Management Committee and serves as vice-chairman of both the Market Regulation/Consumer Affairs and Life Insurance/Annuities committees.
A former deputy commissioner of Medicaid, Jennings has over 20 years of experience in the health care field, specializing in financial management and information processing. In addition to his state government experience, Jennings spent significant time in the private sector, working with provider organizations and Medicaid programs in Tennessee, Mississippi and other states.
“KyHealth Choices is vital to the lives of thousands of Kentuckians and I look forward to once again being a part of this wonderful program,” said Jennings. “I’m anxious to get to work and get started building on the success KyHealth Choices has already achieved.”
Jennings chairs the Health Insurance Advisory Council and is a member of a number of boards or committees including the Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety, the Kentucky Healthcare Improvement Authority, the Kentucky e-Health Network Board and the Kentucky Commission on Elder Abuse.
His accomplishments at KOI have included automating agent licensing and tracking functions, addressing regulatory issues related to e-commerce, and overseeing commercial private health insurance plans.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Jennings lives in Lawrenceburg. He and his wife, Anita, have two children, Richard and Katie.