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New management, same problems. Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed Thursday as the nation’s new health secretary, but she’ll have to act quickly to head off more insurance chaos this fall.
The 78-17 Senate vote was a bipartisan show of support for the veteran government manager who most recently served as President Obama’s budget director.
Burwell’s attention will immediately turn to the Health and Human Services department’s newest mission: covering the uninsured under Obama’s health care law. Despite a strong finish to open enrollment this year, HealthCare.gov is still dealing with unresolved issues ranging from possibly inaccurate insurance payments to e-commerce basics.