Chief of Government Health Care IT Steps Down

Officials won't say if it has anything to do with Obamacare rollout


WASHINGTON — The government's top health technology guru has stepped down from his role leading the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, department officials said Wednesday.

When asked if Tony Trenkle, chief information officer and director of the office of Information Services, had been asked to step down after the technology problems with the new federal health exchange, an official refused to confirm or deny the possibility.

"Tony made a decision that he was going to go to the private sector, and that is what our COO announced yesterday," said CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille. "I don't have anything further to add."