(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Slavitt is already the acting administrator of CMS. He joined the government in 2014, after working as an executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum unit, which helped fix the HealthCare.gov Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange enrollment site.
CMS oversees health programs for the elderly, disabled and poor, in addition to handling many of the efforts tied to Obama’s health-care overhaul. Medicare covers more than 50 million elderly and disabled Americans.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Slavitt will have to answer questions about his work at UnitedHealth.