Dorothy Frost Teeter announces departure from Health Care Authority

Dorothy Frost Teeter today announced her plan to leave the Health Care Authority (HCA) on June 30, after leading the agency since 2013.

“Dorothy’s vision and leadership for a healthier Washington bolstered our state and ensured residents have access to high-quality, affordable health care,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, who appointed Teeter as HCA director in March 2013. “She has always kept the interests of Washingtonians at the forefront while navigating through a time of unprecedented change in the health care landscape.”

Teeter was a key leader in Washington’s successful, bipartisan implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care coverage to more than 600,000 additional Washington residents. This decreased the rate of uninsured from 14 percent in 2013 to 5.8 percent in 2015, one of the steepest drops in the nation.

Also during her tenure, Teeter:

  • Secured a $65 million federal State Innovation Models grant to change the way we pay for health care, integrate physical and behavioral health services, and engage communities in health transformation work through Accountable Communities of Health.
  • Negotiated a $1.5 billion demonstration project with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to better serve Apple Health (Medicaid) clients, reducing the avoidable use of intensive services and bending the health care cost curve.
  • Launched SmartHealth, a wellness program for public employees, helping bring a sharper focus on the importance of physical and emotional health for public employees statewide.
  • Improved agency performance by launching Results HCA, a data-driven accountability system that tracks operational, financial and customer service performance.
  • Created a nationally recognized accountable care program for state employees, with lower insurance premiums, free primary care visits, and a delivery system more accountable for financial and quality outcomes.

“It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to lead this remarkable agency, and I loved coming to work each day,” said Teeter. “The last four years have brought some much-needed change to our health care system with more equitable coverage for people and greater accountability for delivery system performance on price and quality. I will continue to do my part to ensure our state remains a beacon of health transformation for the rest of the country.”

Before her appointment to HCA, Teeter served in many health care leadership roles, including at the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Public Health–Seattle & King County, Children’s Hospital and Group Health Cooperative.

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