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Tavenner Sails Through Senate Confirmation Hearing With Little Push-back

April 12, 2013—The Senate Finance Committee April 9 held a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee, Marilyn Tavenner, for administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Tavenner currently is serving as acting administrator of CMS.

Tavenner received support from Republicans and Democrats alike, who indicated their intent to vote for her nomination; if the full Senate follows suit, she would be the first confirmed administrator in seven years. While most were positive about her work at the agency, several lawmakers pointed out that oversight of CMS remains their top priority with the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152).

Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said CMS needs “to implement health care reform the way Congress intended. I was home in Montana the past two weeks and I heard from small businesses that they need more clarity about rules. They need more information and transparency. I will be holding the administration’s feet to the fire to ensure this is all done correctly.”

Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “While I believe you have the qualifications to do the job, there is still much that you will need to do in order to assure members of this committee that CMS is heading in the right direction and that your leadership will help steer the agency through the very turbulent times that lie ahead.”

Sen. Baucus told press that he expects the committee to vote on Tavenner’s confirmation as early as the week of April 15.


Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281


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