Medicare, Medicaid leader Marilyn
Notifies her staff by email she is
leaving as leader of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
19, 2015 – Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, plans to step down at the end of February, she told
her staff in an e-mail, according to
Officials in President Barack
Obama’s administration confirmed the resignation to
The Huffington Post. They also said Andrew Slavitt, the
agency’s second-ranking official, will take over in an acting capacity.
In November, Bloomberg reported
Tavenner acknowledged that her agency had made a mistake in its
calculation of the number of people enrolled under Obamacare. About
393,000 individuals with both health and dental coverage were
“inadvertently counted twice,” she said in a letter to Representative
Darrell Issa, a California Republican whose committee discovered the
Robert Pear of
The New York Times notes, “She was a senior official at the
Medicare agency, which insures one in three Americans and has an
annual budget of more than $800 billion, before she was
confirmed by the Senate in May 2013 as administrator. Sylvia Mathews
Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, accepted the
resignation in a statement filled with praise for Ms. Tavenner.”
Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Sen. Ron Wyden,
D-Ore., released the following statement regarding Tavenner’s
“Marilyn Tavenner has worked
tirelessly and effectively to improve health care for millions of
Americans as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services at a time when the job was more difficult, complex and
politicized than ever before.
“Most Americans do not know Ms.
Tavenner or the job she is leaving after five challenging years. But
more than 100 million Americans who are enrolled in Medicare and
Medicaid, and countless others who have a family member or friend in
these programs, benefit from her dedication, her steady hand and her
stewardship of these touchstone programs.
“Ms. Tavenner has left an imprint
in other ways too. One of the most significant came in 2014 when the
number of uninsured Americans fell to its lowest rate since Gallup began
tracking the statistic in 2008.
“Her contributions to health care
policy improved the way health care is provided in every corner of this
country. All of us should thank her for that service and wish her well.”
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