CHOICES Names Ryan As Program Director

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stephani J. Ryan has been named director of the CHOICES program department of BlueCare Tennessee, while Melissa Scissom will fill Ms. Ryan’s previous post as director of the Cover Tennessee program.

Both CHOICES and Cover Tennessee are government programs administered through contracts with the state of Tennessee. Ms. Ryan was previously director of Cover Tennessee, while Ms. Scissom was manager of operations.

“Stephani and Melissa are both talented, experienced managers who always keep the best interests of our members in mind,” said Scott Pierce, president and CEO of BlueCare Tennessee, a managed care organization and subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “They were well prepared for their new roles from Day 1.”

CHOICES provides members with home and community-based long-term care services, as an alternative to nursing home care.

Cover Tennessee consists of two programs: CoverKids, which provides health coverage to more than 60,000 children; and AccessTN, which provides health coverage for certain individuals who are not eligible for subsidized coverage on the federal Marketplace and are not eligible for Medicaid.


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