Sellers Dorsey is pleased to announce that Gabe Roberts has partnered with the firm as a Senior Strategic Advisor. Mr. Roberts spent the past seven years in leadership roles in Tennessee’s Medicaid (“TennCare”) and CHIP programs, most recently as the agency’s Director and CEO. With a wealth of knowledge in Medicaid, payment delivery systems, and health care policy, Mr. Roberts will support the firm by providing high-level strategic guidance to team members and clients on various Medicaid financing and policy related initiatives.
Mr. Roberts joined TennCare in 2013 as General Counsel before being named Deputy Director and COO. He was then appointed as TennCare Director and CEO by Governor Bill Lee. During his tenure as Director, Mr. Roberts championed innovative policies for members with intellectual and developmental disabilities, designed a modified block grant funding model proposal as an amendment to Tennessee’s 1115 waiver, and drove the further adoption of TennCare’s value-based purchasing model focusing on retrospective episodes of care, comprehensive primary care, and intensive behavioral health care coordination services. Mr. Roberts was also responsible for developing and operating a $12+ billion annual budget and leading over 1,200 employees.
“We are delighted that Gabe will be bringing his expertise to Sellers Dorsey,” said Martin Sellers, Founder and CEO of Sellers Dorsey. “His experience in value-based purchasing, and primary and behavioral health programs will support Sellers Dorsey clients as they work to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
During Mr. Roberts’ tenure with TennCare, he was elected by his peers to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medicaid Directors and was named a Fellow with the Medicaid Leadership Institute. Under his leadership, TennCare was recognized with multiple national awards that highlighted TennCare’s nation-leading, value-based payment and delivery system transformation efforts.
“Sellers Dorsey is known for doing challenging, important, and innovative work, which is increasingly critical in Medicaid programs throughout the country,” said Mr. Roberts. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with the firm’s team and with clients on opportunities to improve access to vital care through Medicaid.”
Roberts is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Economics from the University of Mississippi, where he was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame.