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DHS news release

June 7, 2005


Contact: Jim Sellers, Communication Officer (503) 945-5738
Barry S. Kast, DHS Deputy Director (503) 945-5944


Veteran state manager named interim administrator of DHS Office of Medical Assistance Programs



Oregon Department of Human Services Interim Director Bryan Johnston today named veteran state administrator Lynn Read of Salem as interim administrator of the DHS Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), effective June 24.


OMAP administers the Medicaid portion of the Oregon Health Plan, which serves more than 350,000 Oregonians.


Read, OMAP senior deputy administrator since November 2004, is the department's former state Medicaid director and OMAP assistant administrator.


Read, who joined DHS in 1979, has worked in Oregon's Medicaid program in a variety of capacities including project director for the design, development and 1994 implementation of the Oregon Health Plan.


"Lynn Read is an experienced administrator who is extremely knowledgeable about Medicaid services," Johnston said. "We look forward to again utilizing her expertise in this critical area for the department."


Read succeeds Barney Speight, who today was named deputy administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority in Olympia. Speight has spent the bulk of his career in health planning, policy and research, including serving as administrator of the state Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research.


"Barney Speight's three decades of health-care experience have been a great asset to the Oregon Health Plan," Johnston said. "Coming to DHS at a time of economic and political uncertainty for the Health Plan, he has done a masterful job of establishing support, building consensus and strengthening communication with political leaders, medical providers and others. We wish him luck."