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Head of federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid steps down
Head of federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid steps down

Marilyn Tavenner, who oversees the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs and played a central role in implementing the Affordable Care Act, is stepping down. Tavenner, a former hospital executive and Virginia health secretary, was appointed interim head of the sprawling Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of the Health and Human Services, in 2011. Two years later, she became the first CMS administrator to win Senate confirmation since 2006. The vote was 91-7. She announced her departure in an email sent to staff. Her chief deputy, former health insurance executive Andy Slavitt, will become acting CMS administrator after Tavenner leaves...

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