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CenCal Health Names Karen Kim as New General Counsel

Dec 19, 2019

Health Care Law Executive Joins Local Health Plan

CenCal Health, the publicly sponsored health plan for Medi-Cal in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, announces the hiring of Karen S. Kim JD, MPH to the position of General Legal Counsel. Kim will be responsible for providing and managing the legal services for CenCal Health, including serving as legal counsel to the CenCal Health Board of Directors.

Kim has more than 15 years of health care law experience with an emphasis on Medi-Cal, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, as well as Contract Law and Public Law. “We’re excited to have someone with such knowledge, expertise and experience join our leadership team,” said CenCal Health CEO Bob Freeman. “Ms. Kim brings a very strong legal foundation that will greatly aid the organization as we move forward in addressing our area’s health care challenges.”

Karen Kim comes to CenCal Health from the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, Calif. where she was the Compliance Officer and Director of Risk Management. Prior to this, Kim was with L.A. Care Health Plan in Los Angeles – the largest publicly operated health plan in the U.S. At L.A. Care, she had roles in both Enterprise Integration Department and Legal Services Department.

Kim holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and has a Master of Public Health, Health Policy from UCLA’s School of Public Health. She has served in leadership roles for Women in Health Administration of Southern California, and the California Health Care Foundation. Kim is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association, Health Law section. She is a sought-after public speaker on the subject of healthcare and compliance.

About CenCal Health

CenCal Health’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves by providing access to high quality health services, along with education and outreach, for our membership. As a public entity, CenCal Health is a community-accountable health plan partnering with over 1,500 local physicians, hospitals and other providers in delivering exceptional patient care to more than 175,000 members – about one in four residents of Santa Barbara County and one in five residents of San Luis Obispo County. Established in 1983, it is the oldest managed Medicaid plan of its kind in the nation. CenCal Health employs close to 250 people at offices in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, and contributes approximately $50 million a month into the local economy, primarily through payments to healthcare providers who serve our membership.

CenCal Health Contact:

Nicolette Worley Marselian (805) 685-9525 ext.1993,

Media Contact: Sheri Mobley (805) 845-5627, (213) 509-9816,