2019 Colorado State of Reform Keynote: Defining the Problem We’re Trying to Solve

John Kitzhaber, MD, is the former governor of the State of Oregon. He joined us as our morning keynote at the 2019 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference.

While governor, Kitzhaber instituted a number of reforms of Oregon Medicaid, positioning the state as a national leader on balancing cost, quality and access. That included the Care Coordination Organization model, which earned $1.9 billion in a federal waiver. The model was effectively a per-capita “block grant,” trading increased flexibility for a commitment to fix medical trend at 3.2%.

In this keynote, Kitzhaber gives insight into Oregon’s approach to reforming Medicaid.


Hon. John Kitzhaber, MD: Former Governor, State of Oregon