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HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Unveils New Management Structure for HealthCare.gov

Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Sylvia Matthews Burwell

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary for Health and Human Services, has appointed a new operations manager for HealthCare.gov and other key federal healthcare programs.

HHS said Friday that former Optum executive Andy Slavitt has joined the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as principal deputy administrator and will oversee operations related to HealthCare.gov as well as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

CMS will also hire two individuals to fill the newly created positions of marketplace CEO and marketplace chief technology officer, according to HHS.

“These actions will bolster our team and further instill ongoing accountability for reaching milestones, measuring results and delivering results for the American people,” said Burwell.

“Under this new structure, we bring additional operational and technological fire power and have a clear single point of contact in the Marketplace CEO to streamline decision-making,” she added.

Slavitt, a 20-year industry veteran, most recently served as group executive vice president at Optum and has led the firm’s systems integration and upgrade work on the federal insurance marketplace through a government contract.

The marketplace CEO and CTO would handle policy development and technical management of HealthCare.gov and report to Burwell and CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

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