Oregon’s Medicaid Advisory Committee seeks new members in 2016

Oregon’s Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is actively looking for individuals interested in helping improve the quality of care for Oregonians. Members appointed by the Governor serve can serve two, two-year consecutive terms.

The MAC, a federally mandated body, advises the Oregon Health Policy Board, the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the operation of Oregon’s Medicaid program: the Oregon Health Plan.  The MAC also develops policy recommendations at the request of the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority. Current and past policy work includes:

  • Developing a framework on oral health access in Oregon (2016)
  • Submitting recommendations on 12-month continuous eligibility for adults (2015)
  • Recommending the Alternative Benefits Benchmark Plan for Oregon’s Medicaid expansion (2012)

The committee is particularly looking for members in the following areas: (1) a physician, (2) individual currently covered by the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or members of health care consumer groups that include Medicaid recipients such as a coordinated care organization (CCO) consumer advisory group (CAC); and (3) a representative from a hospital organization or integrated health system, that partners with a CCO. Individuals from all areas of the State are encouraged to apply.

The committee seeks new members who can:

  • Regularly attend committee meetings (fourth Wednesday of the month in Salem from 9-12pm)
  • Contribute to policy-level discussions about the future of health care in Oregon
  • Spend approximately 1-2 additional hours each month to prep prior to the meetings (i.e. review of meeting materials)

The MAC is committed to ensuring that a diverse group of individuals are welcomed to the table, and that committee recommendations are truly representative of the populations they are intended to serve.  Members are able to join remotely on occasion via conference line and webinar. Direct travel expenses are reimbursed.  If you are interested in helping to improve Oregon’s Medicaid program through the work of the MAC, please contact Amanda Peden by phone (503-208-1010) or e-mail:amanda.m.peden@state.or.us .

Past meeting agendas and materials can be found on the MAC’s website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/index.aspx