Health Care for All-Oregon Hires New Staff

Health Care for All-Oregon, a statewide coalition of 120 organizations and over 15,000 activists advocating for universal publicly funded health care, announces the hiring of Executive Director, Robert Lee, and Operations and Outreach Coordinator, Christina Lacy, effective April 1, 2016.

HCAO Executive Director Robert Lee

HCAO Executive Director Robert Lee

Robert Lee joined Health Care for All-Oregon after serving several years as a lead Operations and Policy Analyst with Oregon Housing and Community Services, where he worked with stakeholders and business leaders from across the state to develop strategic anti-poverty reforms, with particular focus on health care, public education and economic development policies. Mr. Lee also serves as part of the adjunct faculty at the Portland State University Hatfield School of Government, where he teaches applied policy research and analysis, legislative process and anti-poverty policies in Oregon.

Prior to working in state government, Mr. Lee served as Care Medical’s Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy Analyst and as president of the Pacific Association for Medical Equipment Services, where he pro-actively advocated for the needs of our veteran, disabled and chronically under-served communities, while working on significant health care reforms throughout Oregon and Washington, as well as several sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

He holds a deep passion for community service and has served on numerous local school boards and committees, as well as a long list of state health care work groups and commissions. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing adventures with his wife while hiking the scenic Columbia Gorge, mountaineering throughout the Cascades, skijoring with their dogs and managing a very active apiary at their family farm outside Sandy, OR.

HCAO Operations and Outreach Coordinator, Christina Lacy

HCAO Operations and Outreach Coordinator, Christina Lacy

Christina Lacy has been a lifetime advocate for under-served populations and progressive causes, both abroad and domestically. After honing her nonprofit development skills at the political journal The American Prospect, she took this experience to Latin America, supporting indigenous and urban communities to combat poverty and advance educational opportunities with nonprofits in Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Raised in shland, she returned to her home state to assist low-income residents in applying for Social Security, Workers Compensation, and personal injury benefits with the Portland law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton. Ms. Lacy is excited to apply her fundraising and outreach experience to a cause as urgent as health care reform and an organization as dedicated as HCAO. In her spare time, she enjoys running, soccer, and playing guitar.

Single-payer backers say plan would rein in health costs

Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover

Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover

Eagle Tribune, April 2, 2016
by Christian M. Wade Statehouse Reporter

BOSTON -- Nearly a decade after Massachusetts started requiring every citizen to carry health insurance, advocates say they're building support to again transform health care in the state.

Nearly 40 of 200 lawmakers -- including some in legislative leadership -- have signaled support for proposals to create a single-payer health care system.

"While we've done a good job at insuring folks, we've not done a good job at containing costs," said Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, one of nine senators backing the idea. "We need to start the conversation on this."

L'Italien, a member of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing, said switching to some form of a single-payer system will curb the state's skyrocketing health care spending and free up money for other areas of the state budget.