Oregon Health Authority director resigns at Gov. request – California News

Oregon Health Authority director resigns at Gov. request – California News

The Oregon Health Authority director resigned Tuesday at the request of the Gov. Kate Brown after a communication plan became public detailing how the agency intended to damage the reputation of a Portland health care agency.

Lynne Saxton insisted that she never implemented the bare-knuckled tactics advocated in the plan and publicly apologized, but it wasn’t enough, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://goo.gl/Wxt3Es ).

Brown said in a news release Tuesday that after discussion with Saxton, they agreed her resignation was in the best interests of the agency.

“Lynne has led the Oregon Health Authority through its most challenging times and helped me ensure that every Oregonian has access to the care they need,” Brown said. “She is known as a fighter for Oregon’s values and I am proud of how she brought that level of commitment to the staff of OHA.”

Saxton’s removal was borne in the agency’s long bitter legal dispute with FamilyCare Health, one of Oregon’s 16 coordinated…

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