Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marilyn Tavenner Resigns as Head of Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Drew Thies

Marilyn Tavenner courtesy of CMS
The leader of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is resigning after five years at the head of the agency.

 Marilyn Tavenner announced her departure Friday, saying that she will be concluding her tenure as administrator at the end of February. Tavenner oversaw the rollout for the Affordable Care Act as well the largest ever expansion of Medicaid.

Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt will take the reigns of the agency after Tavenner’s departure.

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said in a statement, "It was a true honor working with Marilyn. She will be remembered for many accomplishments at the agency, and our members are proud to have joined her in achieving key milestones on behalf of America's seniors. She will be missed."

Department of Health and Human services head Sylvia Burwell praised her second-in-command as “a big part of the reason” why 10 million people enrolled in health insurance through federal and state exchanges.
Republicans also gave the administrator praise. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released a statement saying “Marilyn has done a great job in a very difficult position under near impossible circumstances.”
Andy Slavitt, a former UnitedHealth Group official, is poised to take control of CMS just as the Supreme Court is taking up an important case that could unravel key components of the ACA. He will also have to respond to a new, Republican-controlled Senate.

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