(Bloomberg) Marilyn Tavenner, who steered the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid agency through the rollout of Obamacares federal insurance markets, was named to lead the health-insurance industrys lobbying group.
Tavenner will be chief executive officer of Americas Health Insurance Plans, said Clare Krusing, a spokeswoman for the group. She replaces Karen Ignagni, chief executive officer of AHIP, who stepped down to run New Yorks EmblemHealth Inc.
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The former Medicare administrator is taking the helm of an organization in turmoil. UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, said last month its ditching the lobbying group, calling its advocacy limited and complicated.
The New York Times reported on Tavenners appointment earlier Wednesday.
Tavenner announced plans in January to step down from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She took over the agency in 2011, the year after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Andy Slavitt, Tavenners replacement at the Medicare agency, is a former executive of UnitedHealth.
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