The health care veteran Gov. Tina Kotek appointed to lead the Oregon Health Authority is stepping down after just over two months on the job.
James Schroeder, previously the CEO of the state’s largest Medicaid insurer, Health Share of Oregon, has been interim director of the Oregon Health Authority since Jan. 10, the day after Kotek took office. He’ll step down March 17, Kotek announced Friday.
In a statement, Schroeder said he chose to focus on his family instead of pursuing the permanent director position.
One wonders if Schroeder couldn’t make the changes he thought necessary and simply threw up his hands in despair. God know OHA needs a massive overhaul.