As both CMS administrator and deputy before that, Marilyn leaves a legacy of having played a major role in making sure that millions of Americans have access to health coverage. Moreover, she has provided leadership in making care better by working with the provider community in launching key performance improvement efforts.
As a nurse, health care executive and government official she brought a practical perspective to running a very complex government agency. Her ability to work in a bipartisan manner with legislators and listen carefully to the concerns of hospitals and other stakeholders was key to her effectiveness as a leader. Combine them all together with her honesty, integrity and determination and you have a role model for public service.