March 30, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Welcomes New Director for Charitable Coverage Programs

DENVER — Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, today announced the appointment of Kathy Westcoat to senior director of Medicaid and Charitable Programs in Colorado. She will oversee the organization’s programs that lower financial barriers, provide free or subsidized health coverage, and improve access to public health care programs.

Westcoat, a 20-year health care veteran, joins Kaiser Permanente from her previous role as CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore in Baltimore. BHSB is a $70 million nonprofit that provides leadership in advancing behavioral health and wellness. There, Westcoat worked with a vast network of behavioral health providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Maryland's Medicaid program.

“Improving health care access for those with limited incomes and resources is fundamental to Kaiser Permanente’s mission,” said Rick Rush, executive director of Actuarial Services and Medicaid and Charitable Programs for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We’re pleased Kathy has joined our organization as she’ll play a pivotal role in determining how we can better coordinate care with the many community-based organizations we work with across the state.”

Westcoat earned her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, working to improve the lives and health of all Coloradans for 48 years. We are comprised of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group — one of the state’s largest medical groups with more than 1,200 physicians. We provide comprehensive care for our 690,000 Kaiser Permanente Colorado members through 31 medical offices across the state — from Pueblo to Greeley and now in the mountains in Summit and Eagle counties. We are also committed to our social mission and in 2016, proudly directed more than $118 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, follow us @kpcolorado or like us facebook.com/kpcolorado.