CCO Breakfast Forum Highlights Saxton’s Washington DC Trip

Tickets are going fast for the Feb. 22 breakfast sponsored by Oregon Health Forum.

Lynne Saxton headed to Washington DC this week to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, highlighting the importance of keeping the Affordable Care Act alive so Oregon can continue its experiment to transform healthcare. Saxton, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, intends to share her experiences when she appears at a breakfast sponsored by Oregon Health Forum next Wednesday.

“We have a compelling story to tell and I won’t be shy or bashful, but assertive, effective and data driven,” Saxton said earlier. “I believe lawmakers will look at Oregon, and realize we have what’s working.”

Joining Saxton on the panel are:

  • Chris D. Ellertson, CEO, Trillium Community Health Plan and Health Net of Oregon
  • Gayle Evans, Chief Human Resources Officer, Unitus Community Credit Union
  • Jeff Heatherington, CEO and President, FamilyCare
  • Eric Hunter, CEO of CareOregon who also chairs the board of HealthShare of Oregon

Greg Van Pelt, with the Oregon Health Leadership Council, will moderate.

Looking beyond Washington DC, the panelists will also delve into the budget challenges facing the Oregon Legislature, which is having to grapple with a $1.8 billion deficit, discuss the evolution of coordinated care organizations as the Oregon Health Authority prepares new contracts, and discuss the anxiety of the business community about the return of the Medicaid cost shift.

This event, held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, gets underway with breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by the panel discussion, which runs from 7:20- 9 a.m. There’ll also be ample time for audience questions.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelly Jensen, our program consultant, at

Oregon Health Forum is the educational arm of The Lund Report and holds monthly breakfast forums that attract healthcare leaders, public officials and consumer advocates. Our goal is to bring important issues to the forefront. If you’d like to suggest a topic for a future forum, please contact our office.

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