Caitlin Westerson is the State Partnerships and External Affairs Director at USofCare, where she focuses on building partnerships in states in order to advance health care reform efforts that expand coverage and improve the affordability of our health care system.
Caitlin has a proven record of leading successful state-level policy initiatives to increase affordability, expand coverage, and better protect health care consumers. Before joining USofCare, she was the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care in the Office of Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. In that role she helped coordinate and advise on the Administration’s highest priority health care affordability initiatives, including the creation of the Colorado Option public health insurance program and Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Prior to her role with the Polis-Primavera Administration, Caitlin directed the policy and legislative work at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, a non-profit advocacy organization working to ensure all Coloradans have access to high-quality, affordable, and equitable health care. There, she successfully worked to pass state legislation to expand coverage to Coloradans without proper documentation, create a reinsurance program, protect Coloradans from surprise billing, and increase transparency and accountability of freestanding emergency rooms.
Caitlin holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado Mesa University.