Connect for Health Colorado® Welcomes Chief Policy and Relationships Officer

Contact: Monica Caballeros, [email protected]

DENVER – Connect for Health Colorado®’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson announced today that Monica VanBuskirk has joined the leadership team as the Chief Policy and Relationships Officer. The position was created to shape the organization’s increased involvement in the health policy arena and to advance the organization’s marketing strategy, external relationship network and policy objectives.

“We are fortunate to have Monica join our executive leadership team,” said Patterson. “Her experience working on healthcare policy at the state and federal level and bringing business and nonprofit operations together will be essential to our organization as we continue to grow and cultivate long-term partnerships.”

Before joining Connect for Health Colorado, Ms. VanBuskirk worked at Meapta Inc. to advocate for healthcare finance bills in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session and at Aspen Labs as a human-centered designer. Since moving to Denver in 2013, she has developed and managed business strategy at the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente and Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Prior to Colorado, she supported the Affordable Care Act rollout at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center and studied comparative effectiveness research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Ms. VanBuskirk earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University. At Duke, she focused on health sector management and the economic drivers of healthcare and was awarded the Asa T. Spaulding Sr. Award for Leadership.

Along with Connect for Health Colorado’s CEO, Kevin Patterson, the executive leadership team also includes Chief Financial Officer Brian Braun and Chief Innovation Officer Kelly Guthner.

About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters.

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