Office of Health Reform Director Stepping Down in May

One of the federal government’s top Obamacare officials, Mike Hash, will retire at the end of May. Below is the email announcing Hash’s departure from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is also stepping down from her position.


From: Sebelius, Kathleen (HHS/OS)
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 11:01 AM
Subject: Important Staff Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

After being an integral part of the reform team here at the Department of Health and Human Services, I am sad to report that Mike Hash will step down as the Director of the Office of Health Reform (OHR) and retire from the federal government at the end of this month.

At my request, Mike continued his service at the Department much longer than he had ever planned.  During his tenure he has played crucial roles in the creation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the success in enrolling 8 million Americans in new insurance plans.

As the leader of OHR since 2011, when he came to HHS from the White House Office on Health Reform, Mike has been a valued advisor on a myriad of important issues related to the implementation of the ACA.  His sound judgment and keen understanding of the issues have been invaluable to me, other senior leaders, and the entire Administration throughout this historic endeavor.  Beyond his knowledge of the issues, Mike brought a deep understanding of how policies would impact some of our country’s most vulnerable, the people looking for high quality and affordable healthcare.  Prior to his current government service, Mike had stints in the private sector, and also held a number of high ranking positions at the Health Care Financing Administration, the precursor to CMS.

Over the span of his career, Mike’s contributions to this country’s health policy have been immeasurable.  He has left an indelible mark through his tireless work.  While I am sad to see Mike leave the Department, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him.  I wish him all the best, and ask that you join me in congratulating him on an amazing career.


Kathleen Sebelius

Morning Consult