Marilyn Tavenner

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Marilyn Tavenner
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
In office
December 2, 2011 – March 18, 2015
Acting: December 2, 2011 – May 15, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDonald Berwick
Succeeded byAndy Slavitt
11th Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
In office
January 14, 2006 – January 16, 2010
GovernorTim Kaine
Preceded byJane Woods
Succeeded byBill Hazel
Personal details
Marilyn Ann Barbour

(1951-05-31) May 31, 1951 (age 68)
Martinsville, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Robert Lee Tavenner
Alma materVirginia Commonwealth University (B.S.N., M.H.A.)

Marilyn Barbour Tavenner (born May 31, 1951)[1] is the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She became Acting Administrator following the resignation of Dr. Donald M. Berwick in December 2011, after serving as the agency's Principal Deputy Administrator. Prior to her original appointment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Cabinet of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine from 2006 to 2010. From 1981 to 2005, she was employed by Hospital Corporation of America, beginning as a nurse at Richmond, Virginia-based Johnston-Willis Hospital eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer of the hospital in 1993. In 2001, she became President of HCA's Central Atlantic Division, and was later appointed Group President of Outpatient Services before resigning from HCA in 2005. She earned B.S. in nursing and M.H.A. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.[2]

Tavenner was confirmed as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on May 15, 2013.[3]

In office, Tavenner spearheaded the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website,, that allows people to enroll in health care plans. The site faced a number of issues for users who were trying to enroll, and on October 29, 2013, Tavenner issued an apology. She said in her prepared testimony that "the initial consumer experience of has not lived up to the expectations of the American people and is not acceptable," adding that "we are committed to fixing these problems as soon as possible.".[4]

In January 2015, she announced her resignation, stating that February will be her last month serving as the administrator for C.M.S. Andy Slavitt became the acting administrator after Tavenner's resignation. Slavitt started work at the agency in July 2014. He had been a top executive at Optum, a unit of UnitedHealthcare.[5]

On July 15, 2015 she was unanimously elected as President and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans by AHIP's Board of Directors.[6]


  1. ^ Marilyn Tavenner Retrieved January 16, 2015.
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  3. ^ "Tavenner approved by Senate". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Cohen, Tom. "Obamacare website official: Sorry for problems, but system working". CNN. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "Official Who Led Medicare Through Insurance Shakeup Is Resigning". The New York Times. January 17, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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