The Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is a federally mandated body consisting of not more than 15 members appointed by the governor. The committee advises the Oregon Health Policy Board, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research and the Oregon Health Authority on the operation of Oregon's Medicaid program, including the Oregon Health Plan. The MAC develops policy recommendations at the request of the governor and the legislature.
Use MAC E-mail to contact committee members and staff. Please indicate in the subject line to whom your email is directed.
Jeremiah Rigsby, Co-Chair, Portland
Jeremiah Rigsby moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. Before moving to Oregon, Jeremiah was a congressional aide to US Congressman Henry Cuellar (2006-2009) and US Congressman Kurt Schrader (2009-2011). During his time on the Hill, Jeremiah worked on a number of policy issues, but focused on health care policy through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. After completing law school, Jeremiah joined CareOregon to help develop and advocate for Medicaid and Medicare policy development. Term: 1-8-2017 - 1-7-2019.
Tamara Bakewell, Portland
Tamara is the Family Involvement Coordinator, Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (Title V). Her career as an advocate and trainer for families of children with special health needs began in 1990, when her daughter entered early intervention/special education services. Over the years, she has provided a family voice to many policy efforts, learning from families all around Oregon. She has conducted listening sessions and trainings about health care advocacy and resources to families throughout the state, and her hope is to bring those family/consumer voices to the Medicaid Advisory Committee. Term: 12-1-2016 - 11-30-2018.
Miguel Angel Herrada, Bend
Miguel Angel Herrada is the Health Equity and Diversity Strategist at PacificSource. He studied art history and ethnomusicology, and graduated from the Université de Montréal in Canada. For some years he combined his career as a music teacher with social work, implementing educational programs geared towards social service through the dissemination and promotion of the arts in poor communities in Mexico. Miguel Angel is a DELTA (OEI) graduate, currently volunteers as Medical Interpreter for Volunteers in Medicine in Bend, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Development and Disability (IDD) for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mosaic Medical Group in Central Oregon. He performs solo as a Flamenco guitarist, or as the leader of the Middle Eastern Band "Nomads," which specializes in Balkan, Arabic, Turkish, and Klezmer music. Term: 12-1-2016 - 11-30-2018.
Leslee S. Huggins, Salem
Dr. Leslee Huggins is dual-trained in the specialties of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and is a Board-certified Diplomate and Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry. With access to care being a cornerstone of her practice philosophy for 23 years, her passion is working with children, especially the underserved, including the special needs population, both children and adults. She’s had multiple practice experiences in various states including owning her own private practice in Raleigh, NC, working as an Attending in Pediatric Dentistry residency training programs in Chapel Hill, NC and Providence, RI, corporate dentistry, and the U.S. Navy. Additionally, in 2009, she began a creative program to enable children on state assistance insurance to receive desperately needed dental care that was a one-of-its-kind serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. In each practice environment, she’s been able to establish successful programs that provide needed care within the confines of limited finances and insurability. Her personal time is spent with her husband and three children exploring the beauty of Oregon, reading, running, and helping out with their film company, New Shepherd Films. Term: 11-1-2017 - 10-31-2019.
Anna Lansky, Portland
Anna Lansky was born in Khabarovsk, Russia. In 2002, she graduated with Distinction from Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas) with BA in International Relations and Global Studies. In December 2005, she received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While at UALR, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Survey Research Center and was co-author and leading contributor to several of the studies developed by the Center. Anna performed volunteer work in international nonprofit organizations such as Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (New York, NY) and Heifer International (Little Rock, AR). In 2004-2005, she served on the admissions committee for the inaugural class for the Clinton School of Public Service. In 2005, Anna took a position at the Arkansas Department of Human Services and worked on design of the automated financial systems and business process redesign. She also worked with the DHS Office of Policy and Planning leading projects, including efforts related to Health Care Reform. In 2012, she became an Assistant Director for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, leading efforts on home and community-based services for DDS, including Community First Choice Program, Health Homes and Payment Improvement Initiative. In January 2015, Anna moved to Oregon to take a position of a Deputy Director with the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. In her spare time, she helps her husband run a music production and recording business, enjoys playing piano, gardening, and hiking with her dog Misha. Term: 5-1-2017 - 4-30-2019.
Maria I. Rodriguez, Portland
Dr Maria I. Rodriquez is an obstetrician gynecologist who has completed subspeciality training in family planning. She is a committed leader in evidence-based, reproductive health policy and practice. She worked with the World Health Organization for five years generating evidence based reproductive health guidelines and currently serves as the State of Oregon's Medical Director for Title X contraceptive program. Her career centers on building the evidence and partnerships necessary to bridge the clinical, research and policy worlds, utilizing evidence to inform policy, thus improving reproductive health outcomes for all women.
Term: 9-7-2016 - 9-6-2020.
Kevin Alfaro-Martinez, Hillsboro
Kevin is a community heath worker for Virginia Garcia primary care clinic. The majority of his patients are covered under OHP. He is interested in the systematic barriers his patients have in accessing care and to strengthen resiliency for the purpose of patients becoming self-sufficient. He is also very knowledgeable on Social Determinants of Health, especially as it relates to access to care.
Term: 1-11-2019 - 1-20-2021
Paul Virtue, Lincoln County
Paul is the chair of the Lincoln County CAC for InterCommunity Health Network.the chair of the Lincoln County CAC for InterCommunity Health Network. His family is on OHP. He is a disabled veteran and because he receives VA care he does not qualify for OHP himself. He has several children with disabilities who experience co-morbid Intellectual Disability and Mental Health issues. He identifies as gender non-binary. He also serves on the Oregon State Health Assessment Steering Committee. In the past he has served on Linn County Mental Health Advisory Board and Linn County Developmental Disability Advisory Board.Term: 1-11-2019 - 1-20-2021