Governor Kitzhaber Issues Call for Nominations

March 13, 2012-- Oregon passed historic health care legislation this past legislative session to move forward its health insurance exchange and to begin transforming and improving care under the Oregon Health Plan. Our continued success in the implementation of state and federal health reform will continue to require strong public participation. To that end, Governor Kitzhaber is calling for nominations for people to participate in a process to help define the state’s essential health benefits.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government proposes that essential health benefits are defined using a benchmark where states have the flexibility to select a benchmark plan that reflects the scope of services offered by a “typical employer plan.” If Oregon does not select a benchmark, the federal government intends to propose a predetermined default benchmark.

To help Oregon select its essential health benefit benchmark, the Governor will be appointing individuals to serve on a jointly chartered Oregon Health Policy Board and Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Board workgroup.
Deadline for application: 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012
For information on how to apply, please go to

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