Jun 11, 2018

Burwell named board director at Florida Blues

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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The biggest crisis since 1968

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Bettmann/Contributor

The year 1968 has been on a lot of people’s minds lately — another year of protests, violence and upheaval that seemed to be tearing the nation apart.

Yes, but: This crisis also has moments we’ve never seen before — and some historians and experts say the differences suggest that 2020 doesn't compare well at all.

Coronavirus hospitalizations keep falling

Data: COVID Tracking Project, Harvard Global Health Institute; Note: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Puerto Rico have not reported hospitalizations consistently. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline, particularly in New York and other northeastern states that were among the hardest hit by the virus.

Yes, but: Some states are still recording stagnant or rising amounts of hospitalizations.

Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day.

The latest: Protesters were out en masse after curfews were in force in areas including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — one of the cities where there was a late-night flash-point between police and protesters.