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Top Obama administration health reform law regulator to step down


WASHINGTON—Steve Larsen, who has played a key role in directing the Obama administration's efforts to implement the health care reform law, will resign, effective next month.

Mr. Larsen left his position as Maryland insurance commissioner shortly after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 to head what is now known as the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

In that role, Mr. Larsen has been involved in the development of many health care reform rules, including those involving a reform law authorized program that gave $5 billion to early retiree health care plan sponsors as partial reimbursement for retiree health care claims.

Mr. Larsen “has been an instrumental part of our senior leadership team and I am deeply grateful for his dedication to our work to implement the Affordable Care Act,” Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in a memo sent to agency staff Friday.

Mike Hash, director of the Office of Health Reform, will serve as interim director of the CCIIO until a permanent successor is named, Ms. Tavenner said.

Mr. Larsen will join OptumHealth, a UnitedHealth Group unit, informed sources say. A UnitedHealth spokesman could not be reached for comment.