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Senate Approves New U.S. Health Chief

June 16, 2014

The Senate approved Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on June 5. Burwell, who was confirmed in a bipartisan 78-17 vote, takes over from predecessor Kathleen Sebelius and inherits the task of overseeing continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Burwell leaves her current position as the Obama Administration’s director of the Office of Management and Budget. In her new role, she will oversee 11 agencies within HHS, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicare and Medicaid. The ADA looks forward to working with Secretary Burwell on issues affecting the public's dental health and well-being.