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Press Release: September 21, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber applauds Senate confirmation of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Board

Liz Baxter to serve as its Chair
 

(Salem, OR.) - Governor Kitzhaber today applauded the Senate for confirming his nominees to the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Board.

"I am pleased the Senate confirmed this talented and diverse group of Oregonians whose range of experience will serve the state well in our efforts to improve the delivery of health care by ensuring that individuals and small businesses have access to affordable, quality health insurance in the private market," said Governor Kitzhaber.
 
The Board will oversee the development of Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange, a central marketplace where individual Oregonians and small employers can compare the quality and value of insurance plans on an apples-to-apples basis and easily enroll in coverage that is affordable. The Board of Directors will submit a formal business plan for the Exchange no later than February 1, 2012, for approval by the Legislature.
 
Health Insurance Exchange Board Members:

Chair: Liz Baxter, Executive Director of We Can Do Better, a non-profit organization focused on improving health care and health outcomes for Oregonians.

Vice Chair: Teri Andrews, of Corvallis, Owner of CG Industries, a small business in Albany

Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Director of Oregon Health Authority

Teresa Miller, Administrator of the Insurance Division, Oregon DCBS

Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75

Aelea Christofferson, Owner of ATL Communications, a small business in Bend

Jose Gonzales, Principal Broker of Tu Casa Real Estate Corporation, a small business in Salem 

Gretchen Peterson, Vice President of Human Resources of Hanna Anderson in Portland

Dr. George Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Health System

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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