HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post barely a week after the close of the tumultuous initial open-enrollment period for the healthcare reform law's insurance exchanges.
The six-month signup period was plagued by technology problems that initially thwarted consumers' attempts to enroll in coverage. But it closed with a surge of interest that ultimately saw the Obama administration top its goal of 7 million enrollments. The tally has grown to 7.5 million, Sebelius testified during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill just hours before her resignation was reported.
“Maybe this is a good point to make the transition, given that the enrollment for 2014 is just finished,” said Paul Ginsburg, a health policy expert at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. “It finished on a high note despite all the problems experienced since the beginning. If a change was going to be made, this seems like a pause to make a change like that.”
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Source: Modern Healthcare