Lou Savage, Oregon’s interim insurance commissioner for the past seven months, has been appointed to the position, replacing Teresa Miller, who left in November, 2011 to accept a position with the federal government.
“After an extensive search, ultimately, I was impressed with Lou’s leadership in implementing federal health care reform, in performing rigorous and public reviews of health insurance rate requests, and in tackling a myriad of other insurance issues on behalf of consumers,” Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen said in a statement.
Savage initially planned to return to his former DCBS position as the agency’s senior policy advisor.
“Health insurance regulation is undergoing significant changes, and I am now deeply involved in helping shape the health care plans that will be available to Oregon consumers in 2014, as well as other complex reform issues we must tackle under tight deadlines,” Savage said in a statement. “I am passionate about seeing these changes through for Oregonians.”
Savage directed DCBS legislative activities before taking on the role of interim insurance commissioner. Oregon’s insurance division employs 100 and has a $10.5 million annual budget.
An attorney, Savage worked for Multnomah County Legal Aid Services for more than 16 years, including eight years as executive director. He was also state director of former Congressman Ron Wyden’s state congressional office.