Top HHS Official To Resign in Mid-July, CMS Announces
On Friday, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced in an email to employees that Steve Larsen -- director of the HHS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight -- will resign in mid-July. Although the timing of Larsen's resignation has prompted rumors that the Obama administration is not confident about the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the constitutionality of the federal health reform law, Larsen said that his departure is not related to the court decision. Tavenner said that Larsen will be replaced by Michael Hash, director of the Office of Health Reform at HHS.
- "HHS Official's Exit Stirs Speculation" (Feder, Politico, 6/17).
- "Top Health Law Official Steps Down" (Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 6/15).
- "Top Health and Human Services Official Resigns" (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 6/15).