John Puente Appointed Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for California Department of Health Care Services

Nossaman Announcement

Nossaman would like to congratulate John Puente on being appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as the deputy director and chief counsel at the California Department of Health Care Services. Before joining Nossaman’s Healthcare Group in 2019, John served as vice president and California operations director at the Oscar Health Plan of California from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he was vice president of regulatory affairs and deputy general counsel at Molina Healthcare from 2007 to 2017, and vice president of legal and regulatory affairs at the California Association of Health Plans from 2006 to 2007.

“This is a great honor for John, his extensive experience in the healthcare industry will serve him well in this role,” said Tom Curtis, Chair of Nossaman’s Healthcare Group.

Fred Dombo, Chair of the Firm’s Government Relations & Regulation Group added that “John continues the long tradition of Nossaman partners going on to public service. We wish him well.”


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