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Official who ran US health rollout steps down

January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. official who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president’s health care law says she’s stepping down at the end of February.

In an email Friday to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner says she’s leaving with “sadness and mixed emotions.”

Tavenner survived the 2013 technology meltdown of HealthCare.gov, where people sign up for medical insurance, but was embarrassed last fall when she testified to Congress that 7.3 million people were enrolled for coverage. That turned out to be an overcount that exaggerated the total by about 400,000.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said the decision to leave was Tavenner’s.

Medicare and Medicaid are health care programs for the elderly and the poor, respectively. Obama administration officials consider the health care law the most significant accomplishment of the president’s first term.

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