Sebelius's Replacement
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Friday, April 11, 2014 04:50 PM

 President Obama has chosen Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his budget director, to replace U.S. Health and Human  Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the White House said.    (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)Meet the nominee to be the new Health and Human Services secretary -- Sylvia Matthews Burwell. 

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to become the biggest name in health care. If confirmed, Burwell, who is the current director of the Office and Management and Budget, will become the key figure leading implementation of the Affordable Care Act at a crucial time for the health-care law during a hotly contested election year.

Burwell has extensive administration experience that includes budget oversight for major entitlement programs, like Medicare and Medicaid. Republicans gave Burwell high marks last summer for a bedside manner that was seen as less prickly and much less political than her predecessor.  The Senate unanimously confirmed Burwell to lead OMB in April 2013, less than two months after her nomination to lead the agency.  Her OMB tenure has been free of controversy.

Burwell helped manage the first shutdown of the federal government in nearly 17 years after congressional Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse over agency spending for the current fiscal year.Last month, Burwell presented her first White House budget, a policy retread that broke no new ground and stands no chance of adoption.  Burwell had served the Clinton administration for all eight years, first as the staff director of the National Economic Council in 1993, and then as Robert Rubin’s chief of staff at the Treasury Department of from 1995 to 1997. She then moved back to the White House to serve as deputy chief of staff before becoming deputy director of OMB from 1998 to 2001.

After leaving the Clinton White House, she served in the foundation world. First, she held a leadership position in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation between 2002 and 2011, before she was picked to lead the Walmart Foundation in 2011.

Burwell, 48, graduated from Harvard College and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

The American Chiropractic Association stated on April 11, 2014, that it will continue its efforts, without hesitation, to ensure doctors of chiropractic (DCs) and their patients are treated fairly and equitably with regard to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other key issues such as fully integrating DCs in new and emerging health care models.
 
"I applaud Secretary Sebelius for tackling a very difficult task and for the access her office has provided ACA," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. "We cannot waiver in our work; however, and we look forward to working with the new HHS chief as soon as that person is confirmed."
 
"Making sure the all-important provider non-discrimination provision, Section 2706, of the Affordable Care Act is adhered to by insurers, and that chiropractic physicians are allowed to provide all covered services in Medicare that they are allowed to do under their state scope, are vital to the profession and our patients," Dr. Hamm continued. "This work will be ongoing with current HHS staff and we expect no let-up during the change of leadership."