Michael Hash, director of HHS' Office of Health Reform and a key figure in implementing the federal healthcare law, is retiring. Hash becomes the latest top HHS official to step down in recent weeks as the first open enrollment period under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act concluded.
Last month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that she was resigning after five years in the post. President Barack Obama appointed Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to succeed her. Burwell is scheduled to testify on Thursday at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.