Gov. Kate Brown asked Oregon Health Authority director Lynne Saxton to resign last week, after the draft of an aggressive OHA public relations plan to vilify a Portland-area health care provider became public.
But the governor chose not to take or request immediate action against the health authority’s top communications staffers and lobbyists who back in Jaunary actually crafted the plan, emails released under Oregon’s public records law show.
In fact, Brown hired one of those staffers, Courtney Warner Crowell, to her own team earlier this year for an economic development position in Eastern Oregon. Crowell started working for Brown’s office in mid-July, after The Portland Tribune first reported on the controversial communications plan and while the newspaper was appealing a public records request denial for the full document.
The widely denounced OHA public relations plan called for the OHA to try to plant negative news stories about FamilyCare, a coordinated care organization providing Medicaid coverage that OHA was in a legal dispute with over funding.
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