NAHC Statement on the Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services
June 9, 2014 02:08 PM
The Senate recently confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a 78 – 17 vote. She is replacing Kathleen Sebelius, who announced that she was leaving HHS in April. Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the following statement on the confirmation of Ms. Burwell as the next Secretary of HHS.
“NAHC is pleased that Sylvia Mathews Burwell has been confirmed as Secretary of HHS. She brings a wealth of health care and budget experience from her previous work in both the private and public sectors. She will be an outstanding secretary, and the home care and hospice industry looks forward to working with her to provide high-quality health care in America.”
Ms. Burwell will take the healm of HHS just prior to the second Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in October 2014, and will be in charge of an agency tasked with implementing certain elements of the ACA that are still controversial. Aside from the Open Enrollment period, as well as Mediciad expansion in some states, Ms. Burwell will also be succeeding Secretary Sebelius as the public face of the healthcare.gov website specfically, as well as the broader implimentation of the ACA.
Prior to her confirmation as HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell served as the Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since 2013. She had previously served as the Deputy Director of that agency under President Clinton from 1998 – 2001. Between her two stints at OMB, Ms. Burwell served as President of the Walmart Foundation and, before that, President of the Global Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.