Darnell Dent serves as the President and CEO of FirstCare Health Plans, a provider-sponsored health plan serving local communities in West Texas with offices in Abilene, Amarillo, and Lubbock; and, corporate offices in Austin, Texas. He is a member of both the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Community-Based Health Plans (TACHP), a consortium of 11 health plans in communities across Texas, and the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP). He was recently appointed to the Managed Care Executive Advisory Board for Managed Healthcare Executive (a monthly print journal and website for healthcare executives).
Darnell is a past chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Health Plans (ACAP), a national trade association which represents not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans. Collectively, ACAP plans serve more than seventeen million enrollees, representing nearly half of all individuals enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans.
He has previously held senior executive roles at UPMC Health Plan, United HealthCare, Community Health Plan of Washington, Health Net, and Lincoln National Corporation.
Darnell holds a BS in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an MPA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an officer attaining the rank of Captain.