Cate Kortzeborn: November 21, 2019





Cate Kortzeborn

Deputy Regional Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Region 9 – San Francisco Office 


If you have a Medicare health or prescription drug plan, you only have until the end of Open Enrollment, December 7, to make changes to your 2020 plan. Medicare’s new Plan Finder makes it easy to review and compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Plan Finder provides a personalized experience to help you learn about different options and select the coverage plan that best meets your needs. Even if you are happy with your current Medicare coverage, comparing plans pay. Every year, Medicare health plans change in cost, coverage, and participating providers. You might find something that better fits your needs, or you may be able to save on prescriptions and other costs. If you miss the December 7 deadline, you will likely have to wait a full year before you can make changes to your plan.


Deputy Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in San Francisco, Cate Kortzeborn will be available for live or recorded interviews to discuss everything your audience needs to know about the Medicare Open Enrollment period.


Medicare Open Enrollment began on Tuesday, October 15 and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 7.


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Cate Kortzeborn is the deputy regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Region IX. Her primary focus is the oversight of support services for the regional office. The office of the regional administrator (ORA) is responsible for all administrative, logistical, IT, telephony, facility, and HR support for the regional office in San Francisco, satellite locations in Sacramento and Honolulu, and full-time teleworkers located as far away as Phoenix, AZ and Helena, MT. Additionally, Cate serves as the primary regional liaison with CMS’s Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs (OSORA), providing workload management oversight for FOIA and correspondence processing for all ten regions.


Cate brings more than thirty years of healthcare experience to her position, both in the areas of communications/marketing and business operations. Starting her career at Loma Linda University Medical Center as a research assistant and technical writer, she quickly moved into marketing and, after working for several hospitals and physician practice management companies in the Los Angeles area, moved to New York City in the mid-1990s to take a position as assistant vice president of marketing with NYLCare Health Plans, a subsidiary of New York Life. She then accepted a position as vice president of operations for medical affairs at Oxford Health Plans in Trumbull, Connecticut. In 2005, she returned to California and came to work for CMS, serving first as campaign manager for the Part D education and enrollment campaign and then as branch manager in the Consortium for Medicare Health Plans Operations before assuming her duties as deputy regional administrator in 2007.


Cate earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, and her master of arts degree in English literature and composition from Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. Before embarking on a career in healthcare, she fully expected to become a high school English teacher and still isn’t quite sure what happened. She lives in San Francisco, California.


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