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Marilyn Tavenner Renominated CMS Chief

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Marilyn Tavenner
Marilyn Tavenner

President Barack Obama has nominated Marilyn Tavenner for a second time as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency she has led on an acting basis since 2011.

Bloomberg reports Obama nominated her to succeed Donald Berwick after he stepped down in 2011 but the Senate did not take up her nomination before the 112th Congress ended Jan. 3.

The agency has not had a Senate-confirmed leader since 2006, Alex Wayne writes.

According to Kaiser Health News, CMS has a $820 million budget and pays for healthcare of one-in-three U.S. citizens.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), a Finance Commitee member and a former chairman and ranking member, said he wants his panel to consider the nomination through regular order, according to KHN.

CMS has had 29 administrators in 35 years with acting leaders running the agency 20 percent of the time, the report said.

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