Dr. Tracy Johnson Named Colorado’s Medicaid Director


August 15, 2019

Media Contact:
Marc Williams

Denver, CO – The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing announced today that Tracy Johnson, Ph.D., will join the Department as Colorado’s Medicaid Director. Johnson will oversee the Department’s Health Programs Office, which administers public health insurance programs for Coloradans including Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Laurel Karabatsos has served as Interim Medicaid Director for the last several months and will fill the Deputy Medicaid Director role upon Johnson’s start date.

“We are pleased Tracy is joining Health Care Policy & Financing,” said Kim Bimestefer, executive director. “Tracy’s experience, passion and expertise will make her an outstanding addition to the HCPF Executive Leadership Team.”

“It is truly an honor to join the HCPF team in this role,” Johnson said. “I look forward to advancing health equity for Health First Colorado and CHP+ members, improving member health, and tackling emerging demographic and cost challenges.”

Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience in health policy and program development, research and evaluation. Most recently, Johnson was with Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA) where she served as DHHA’s Director of Health Care Reform Initiatives. She led Denver Health’s implementation of federal health care reform, specifically in the areas of delivery system and payment reform. Prior to that, she served as principal of her own health policy consulting firm and in state government. Throughout these roles, she has directed numerous research and consulting projects across the population health spectrum – health insurance coverage, population segmentation/data analytics, delivery system design, health system financing and payment models, safety net provider issues and health equity.

Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an M.A. in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Virginia.

Johnson joins the Department effective September 4, 2019.

About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Child Health Plan Plus and other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.