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October 4, 2013 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., Director

Thanks for making it happen

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."
~George Herman "Babe" Ruth

What a week.

  Tracy Colvin and Nancy Minden
  Tracy Colvin, information systems specialist, and Nancy Minden, business analyst, QA Test Team, OIS.
  Don Wall
  Don Wall, IT contracts manager, OIS.
  Melissa Kittrell
  Melissa Kittrell, trainer, Office of Client and Community Services.
  Selma Mendoza
  Selma Mendoza, eligibility worker, OHP Statewide Processing Center.

Tuesday brought the opening of Cover Oregon and the other state and federal health care exchanges. Later in the week Oregon completed a special legislative session that brought bi-partisan – and hard-won – compromise on a number of policy issues.

Meanwhile, the federal government went into a partial shutdown. We are all very hopeful this impasse will end soon. In the meantime, programs and services continue. We are in regular touch with our federal partners and will provide updates as we learn more.

Through it all, here is what happened at OHA.

We were hard at work getting people signed up for health care coverage.

I had previously updated everyone on our work with "fast track." By this morning, more than 7,200 people have used fast-track enrollment to sign up for coverage starting January 1, 2014.

Staff in the consumer services unit report that when people call and learn that the letter they received really does offer them health care coverage, it's not unusual for there to be tears. One worker passed on a message from a grateful Oregonian. "Please tell everyone there, 'Thank you.' "

Getting to this week has taken years of work by staff in every part of the agency, but I want to particularly call out the Office of Information Services, Office of Client and Community Services, Medical Assistance Programs, and Office of Communications.

That's why this week we are going to show you some of the faces who are making it all happen, and I know you join me in saying thank you.

OHA on the web