Gov. Brown appoints Sherwood's Pat Allen to Oregon Health Authority
Gov. Kate Brown has named Sherwood resident Patrick Allen as permanent director of the Oregon Health Authority effective Monday.
"Each Oregonian has a right to a healthy, independent life that allows them to succeed," Governor Brown said in a Friday email. "To achieve this goal, the Oregon Health Authority must be capable of maintaining a high value and sustainable health care system. Pat has already proven to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and a valuable leader at OHA."
Allen became temporary director of the beleaguered agency in August following the ouster of Lynne Saxton.
The Portland Tribune reported earlier that the agency suffered from enrollment issues, IT programs and news that many of those enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan aren't currently eligible.
Then, on Aug. 8, Brown pushed Saxton out after a Portland Tribune article detailed a secret plan to plant negative articles about a Portland-area non-profit, FamilyCare, an agency that has a contract with Oregon Health Authority to serve Oregon Health Plan members.
Since 2011, Allen has headed the Department of Consumer and Business Services. He has been a longtime member of the Sherwood School Board as well, having been re-elected in an uncontested race for his seat in May.