Roberta Rifkin is vice president for government affairs at Independent Health, a regional, not-for-profit health plan located in Buffalo, New York. Rifkin is responsible for managing relationships with legislators, government agencies, and leaders at national, state, and local levels. She also analyzes and monitors legislative and regulatory activities, develops company positions, and provides leadership on legislation impacting the company.
During the development of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Rifkin worked with Capitol Hill staffers on the health reform proposals. Since President Obama signed the PPACA in March 2010, Rifkin has helped Independent Health implement the law's provisions.
Prior to joining Independent Health, she worked as a senior manager in Erie County government. She moved to Buffalo in 1996 from Washington, D.C., where her experience included staff positions in several federal agencies, including the deparatments of State and Defense. In particular, Rifkin served as a member of the United States negotiating team for the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. She developed specific key policies and treaty language, and supported the treaty review process in Congress, leading to formal ratification by Congress. The treaty was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Michael Gorbachev in 1987.
Rifkin is a graduate of Tufts University and the Massachusetts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in international relations. Rifkin is a recent graduate of the Community Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellows program.