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How new director Lynne Saxton will put her stamp on the Oregon Health Authority

Lynne Saxton was confirmed as director of the Oregon Health Authority on Monday.

Lynne Saxton was confirmed as director of the Oregon Health Authority on Monday.

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.

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