Jun 11, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Burwell named board director at Florida Blues

Former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell speaks at an event.

Former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in 2017. Photo: Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corp., the parent company of health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, appointed former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to its board of directors Monday. It's a paid position, but GuideWell declined to give specifics.

Between the lines: Florida Blue was one of the most profitable health insurers on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges during Burwell's tenure at HHS, and it remains highly profitable today. Her board position also falls in line with the longstanding trend of HHS secretaries getting seats in corporate America's boardrooms.

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