U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation April 11, closely following the end of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance marketplaces (exchanges). Sebelius served as secretary of HHS for five years, leading the agency’s efforts to implement the ACA. The agency faced criticism over the ACA’s troubled marketplace roll out, but exceeded its marketplace enrollment goal of 7 million people. At least 7.5 million people have signed up for health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces.
President Obama named Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, as his nominee for secretary.