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Sylvia Mathews Burwell (AP photo/Susan Walsh)

The health insurance and employee benefits communities have had much less experience with Sylvia Mathews Burwell — the new Health and Human Services secretary nominee — than they have had with the outgoing secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius, who formally announced her departure today, had been the insurance commissioner in Kansas, the governor of Kansas, and the president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners before she took over at HHS.



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