Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services - "The Future of Health Care in America"
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public, Tickets Required
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Sebelius will be visiting the School as part of its Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Leadership through Mentorship Program. Tickets will be required for entry into Dodds.*
Sebelius served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration from April 2009 through June 2014,where she oversaw a trillion-dollar budget and a staff of nearly 90,000 employees in the Department’s agencies, 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 Obama's charge for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. After the bill became law in 2010, she led implementation efforts and the creation of the new national Health Insurance Marketplace, which enrolled 8 million consumers in 2014.
During this time, Sebelius was also 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.
*Tickets for this event are sold out.
For those who were unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Tuesday, February 17, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will also be simulcast in Bowl 016 on the lower level of Robertson Hall.