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Former governor, at Washington County forum, says coordinated-care model offers lessons for national debate that focuses on the wrong point.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PETER WONG - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks about Oregon's successful reshaping of how medical services are delivered through coordinated-care organizations during a Washington County Public Affairs Forum luncheon Monday (May 15) at the Golden Valley Restaurant in Beaverton.Former Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon has shown, under a plan he crafted while in office, that it can provide medical care to more people and also slow the growth of costs.

Kitzhaber says the national political parties could draw lessons from Oregon's five-year experiment under Medicaid with 16 coordinated-care organizations delivering services around the state.

Kitzhaber spoke Monday (May 15) at a Washington County Public Affairs Forum luncheon in Beaverton.

Oregon's enrollment of lower-income people has swelled to about 1 million, but annual growth in costs has dropped by 2 percentage points.

"There is a lot to learn here," Kitzhaber said.



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