As the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner is a key Obama administration health official and oversees the “country’s largest health insurance programs.” Today, she announced that she would resign next month. The Washington Post,
Tavenner, who’s been with CMS since 2010, played a major role in the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Her agency wrote many of the new rules putting the Affordable Care Act in place and oversees the new health insurance exchanges created by the law. Tavenner was at the center of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov in fall 2013, apologizing to Congress for the faulty enrollment Web site’s performance.
Tavenner’s email to staff didn’t explain why she’s stepping down. She faced another HealthCare.gov embarrassment in November, when she acknowledged that CMS had mistakenly inflated Obamacare enrollment by about 400,000 last summer because the agency included people who had bought stand-alone dental plans on the health insurance exchanges.
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