HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius exits as reform moves forward
Kathleen Sebelius--the public face of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout-- is stepping down from her post as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, according to multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press and the New York Times.
Despite a rocky start, the Obama administration exceeded its goal of enrolling 7 million uninsured Americans in the new health insurance marketplaces by the end of March.
Sebelius and HHS picked up another win, as most enrollees (80 percent to 90 percent) in the health insurance exchanges already made their first premium payments. She implied the number could even be higher, as "lots of companies have different timetables for when their new customers have to send their first payment."
Sebelius' resignation follows the end of the first open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges. As she moves on from the Affordable Care Act, insurers must start preparing for next year's open enrollment period.