Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sebelius served as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration from April 2009 through June 2014. Here, she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and a staff of nearly 90,000 employees in the Department’s agencies that include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Office of Head Start, and numerous others.
From 2003 to 2009, Sebelius served as Governor of Kansas, where she was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by TIME magazine. From 1995 to 2003 she served as the elected insurance commissioner of Kansas. Before serving in statewide office, Sebelius served four terms in the Kansas legislature.
As secretary of HHS, Sebelius led the President’s charge for the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). After the bill became law in 2010, she led implementation efforts and the creation of a new national Health Insurance Marketplace, which enrolled 8 million consumers in 2014.
During this time Sebelius was in charge of the nation’s public health response to natural disasters as well as emerging epidemics, including the Haiti earthquake and the H1N1 flu outbreak.
Forbes named Sebelius one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Lunch will be served.
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This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.