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Cathy Kaufmann has been a leader in transforming the delivery of health care and building systems of learning to support that transformation.
During her time at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Cathy served as director of the Transformation Center, an office created to support Governor Kitzhaber’s Health Systems Transformation initiative and spread innovation across Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). She also led efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and was responsible for helping streamline and improve Medicaid enrollment.
Cathy previously served as the administrator of the Office of Healthy Kids and the Office of Client and Community Services, the agency’s medical eligibility and enrollment office. Healthy Kids was the largest expansion of health coverage in Oregon since the inception of the Oregon Health Plan in 1994 and successfully enrolled over 100,000 children into health coverage in a little more than a year. In recognition of her success at reducing the number of uninsured children, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) named Cathy a recipient of the ECHOE (Excellence in Children’s Health Outreach and Enrollment) honor in 2011.
Prior to joining HMA, Cathy was the enrollment program director at Families USA. In that role she was responsible for setting the organization’s enrollment policy and working with consumer groups across the country on outreach and enrollment for Medicaid, CHIP and the marketplaces.
Cathy also has served as the policy and communications director for Children First for Oregon, a statewide child advocacy organization, and co-chaired the Human Services Coalition of Oregon.
She received her Master of Social Work from Portland State University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa.
Cathy and her husband, Steve, are the proud parents of two active boys, Ben and Nate.