Health Care Inc. NW, Mar 9, 2015,
Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter- Portland Business Journal
Lynne Saxton was confirmed this morning as the Oregon Health Authority director, giving some long-needed stability to an agency that has gone without a permanent director since December 2013.
Saxton is the fourth person to take over the reins in that space of time. She was most recently executive director of Youth Villages Oregon, a nonprofit that provides mental health and social services to children and families.
Saxton now oversees an incredibly complex agency: Medicaid services, health policy and research, public health, the Public Employees Benefit Board and Oregon Educators' Benefit Board, Addictions and Mental Health Policy and Programs and a Transformation Center that supports innovation in the state's 16 Coordinated Care Organizations.
I caught up with Saxton this morning and asked her a few questions about leading the OHA.