OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente has announced that Anthony Barrueta has been named senior vice president, Government Relations. Barrueta has been with Kaiser Permanente for 16 years, most recently serving as vice president, government relations.
In his new role, Barrueta will lead Kaiser Permanente’s Government Relations department, overseeing a team of experienced policy professionals focused on policy interpretation and advocacy at the federal and state level. He and his team will continue to work with Kaiser Permanente’s leadership to develop the policy positions that best serve Kaiser Permanente members and communicating those views to legislators and regulators.
“Tony is an energetic and passionate advocate for Kaiser Permanente,” said George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer, Kaiser Permanente. “He has a solid and proven ability to find common ground among disparate views. With Tony leading our government relations team, our federal and state advocacy efforts will continue to help inform the health care policy discussions in this country.”
Barrueta is stepping into his new role following the retirement today of Steve Zatkin, senior vice president and general counsel, who departs after 32 years of service to the health care organization.
Barrueta joined Kaiser Permanente in 1994. For the past six years as vice president of Government Relations, he coordinated the development of Kaiser Permanente’s national legislative and regulatory policy positions, advocating for those positions before Congress and federal government agencies. He has advised senior leaders on various legal and policy issues, including those relating to Medicare, health insurance, pharmacy services and coverage of prescription drugs. Prior to his most recent role, Barrueta served as counsel and then senior counsel in the Legal and Government Relations department. He began his career practicing regulatory law in Washington, D.C. Beyond his role with Kaiser Permanente, Barrueta serves on the board of the East Bay Agency for Children and volunteered for five years as general counsel to the Hispanic College Fund.