January 16,2015

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Wyden Statement on Marilyn Tavenner's Decision to Resign as CMS Administrator

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement regarding CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s announcement:

“Marilyn Tavenner has worked tirelessly and effectively to improve health care for millions of Americans as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at a time when the job was more difficult, complex and politicized than ever before.

“Most Americans do not know Ms. Tavenner or the job she is leaving after five challenging years. But more than 100 million Americans who are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, and countless others who have a family member or friend in these programs, benefit from her dedication, her steady hand and her stewardship of these touchstone programs.

“Ms. Tavenner has left an imprint in other ways too. One of the most significant came in 2014 when the number of uninsured Americans fell to its lowest rate since Gallup began tracking the statistic in 2008.

“Her contributions to health care policy improved the way health care is provided in every corner of this country. All of us should thank her for that service and wish her well.”