Health secretary to step down

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down after five years on the post, ending her HHS career in the wake of the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and several congressional hearings in which she was blamed for the rocky launch.

According to The New York Times, President Barack Obama accepted Sebelius’ resignation earlier this week. An official announcement is expected from the White House today, 11 a.m.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, is said to be stepping in to fill Sebelius’ shoes.

Before being named secretary in April 2009, Sebelius served as governor of Kansas. During her tenure there, she was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by Time Magazine. From 1995 to 2003, she served as Kansas insurance commissioner. She was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.

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