March 4, 2021 | Oregon’s New Medicaid Waiver: Policy and Budget Implications

NOW is the time to weigh on better meeting the needs of 1.25 million Oregonians enrolled in our fast-growing Medicaid program. Oregon’s unique 1115 Medicaid waiver a key driver in our national leadership on health policy innovation is up for renewal soon, creating a fresh opportunity for program innovations that improve healthcare quality, address health inequities, and garner cost savings for our state budget. Register today to join the conversation!

Mike Bonetto has a unique portfolio of over 20 years of health care strategic planning and policy experience.  Mike is currently a partner and co-founder of Tenfold Heath, one of the first health care consulting companies to become a certified B-Corporation. He was previously the Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor in the Oregon Governor’s Office – where he helped lead the transformation of the state’s Medicaid program. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Business and Community Development at St Charles Health System in Bend, OR; Senior Advisor at ZoomCare in Portland, OR; Senior Vice President of Planning & Development for Clear Choice Health Plans in Bend, OR; Director of the Oregon Health Policy Commission; Senior Policy Advisor to the Oregon Senate Republican Caucus; and Policy Analyst for the Oregon Insurance Pool Governing Board.

Mike received a Ph.D. in health policy and MPH from Oregon State University, an MS from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA from Occidental College.  He has served on numerous state and regional health boards, as well as a federally qualified health center, volunteer medical clinic, an emergency shelter facility, and the National Guidance Council for the Pathways Community HUB Program.

Jeremy Vandehey, JD,
is the Director of the Health Policy and Analytics Division for the Oregon Health Authority, which is responsible for developing and implementing the state’s vision for health reform. His teams’ work includes policy analysis, health care cost and quality reporting, advancing evidence-based care and best practices, spreading the use of electronic health records, advancing payment reform, and purchasing health care for nearly 300,000 public employees. Before joining OHA, Jeremy served as Health Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown. Jeremy previously led government relations for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region and served as the legislative director for OHA during the design and implementation of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations.

Jeremy Vandehey can be reached at:

Rep. Rob Nosse (D) lives in SE Portland with his husband Jim. He has worked his entire life to drive social change for students and working families.

For almost twenty years, Rob has stood up for working people as a union representative and helped raise the bar for middle class families. Currently, Rob works at the Oregon Nurses Association. He brings nurses together with a strong, united voice to advocate for themselves and their patients.

As Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee, Rob cares deeply about expanding access to health care services, and making it more affordable. In 2019, he carried SB 770 during the debate on the floor of the House. This bill creates a workgroup to study how Oregon could implement single payer care in the future. Short of universal coverage, his number one legislative priority is lowering the cost of prescription drugs. HB 4005 was a bill that Rob championed in 2018 to create drug price transparency.

Rob has served as a board member of Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC helping to elect pro LGBTQ candidates to elected office and worked tirelessly to bring marriage equality to our state. As a union representative for Oregon nurses, he helps to ensure contracts include provisions that ensure same sex couples receive all the same benefits available to straight married couples.

Bruce Butler is currently the Chief Executive Officer of InterCommunity Health Network and Samaritan Health Plans.  His previous experience includes roles as CEO of Valley Health Plan, a County-owned managed care organization in San Jose, California, as Chief Strategy Officer for the University of California healthcare systems, and as Chief Underwriter for Presbyterian Health Plan in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Ventures LLC, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited resources, and of the California Public Hospital Association and the New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance.  Mr. Butler has a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Finance from University of Chicago.

Annie Valtierra-Sanchez serves as the Director of SO Health-E, (Southern Oregon Health Equity Coalition), one of four Regional Health Equity Coalitions in Oregon supported by the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion. SO Health-E works to address social determinants of health by centering community voices and building cross-sector capacity for long-term policy, systems and environmental change that prioritize people of color and underrepresented populations including LGBTQ+ community members, people living with disabilities, and low-income community members.

Annie is a core team member of the Oregon Latinx Leadership Network(OLLN), a member of the Governor’s Racial Justice Council and co-chairs its Health Equity Committee, she is a member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Equity Committee; Chair of the board of directors for the S.O. Education Service District; current American Leadership Forum class 37, and  participates in other committees related to her work and personal life.

Annie holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Sociology and Anthropology and a Regional Studies Applied Research certificate from Southern Oregon University where she graduated summa cum laude and was presented with the Robert Birge Memorial Scholarship Award, the highest recognition from her department. She is also a McNair Scholar. Annie served as treasurer and key organizer for the Latino Student Union at SOU and worked as assistant coordinator for SOU’s minority outreach programs. She has volunteered as organizer for the Women’s Leadership Conference, an annual event that brings more than 300 women leaders together in Southern Oregon.

Annie strongly believes in serving her community and strengthening leadership within impacted populations to be drivers in decision making and building communities that feel like home to all people who inhabit them.

John Kitzhaber John was born in Colfax, Washington, March 5, 1947; graduated from Dartmouth College, 1969; and the University of Oregon Medical School, 1973.

As Senate President, he authored the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, built around a list of health services prioritized on the basis of social values, clinical effectiveness and a consideration of impact on the health of the entire covered population. Hundreds of thousands of low and moderate-income Oregon families and their children still have access to health care because of this work.

During his third term as governor John was a chief architect of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, the first effort in the country created on a statewide basis to meet the Triple Aim—better health, better quality, lower cost— with a focus on community and population health. Over the course of five years, this new care model enrolled over 385,000 more people under the ACA Medicaid expansion; maintained benefits, quality and outcomes; and held medical inflation to just 3.4% per member per year for a cumulative total funds savings of over $1.1 billion. In 2013 Modern Healthcare Magazine ranked John #2 on list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care;” and #1 on the list of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives. In 2013, Governing Magazine named John “Public Official of the Year.” He holds the Chair in Health Policy at the Foundation for Medical Excellence. John is currently a writer, speaker and private consultant on health policy and politics. He lives in Portland and spends his free time fly fishing and white water rafting on Oregon’s wild and scenic rivers.

John Kitzhaber can be reached at:

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