Tavenner Wasn’t Consulted On Delaying Health Law’s Employer Mandate

Marilyn Tavenner said at a House subcommittee meeting Wednesday that she was not consulted on the Obama administration’s decision to postpone a key part of the health law requiring employers offer health insurance plans to their workers.

Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said she was “made aware” that the Obama administration was postponing the employer mandate on June 24 or 25, a week before it was publicly announced.

The top CMS official also said she has been part of the health law implementation process throughout, and was on vacation when the decision was made — although she said she was available by phone.

Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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