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Senate Panel Sets Confirmation Hearing Date for Medicare Chief

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What You Need to Know

  • Brooks-LaSure worked on health policy at the White House and at an arm of CMS.
  • She got to know Congress by serving on the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Previously she worked in the private sector at Avalere Health and Manatt Health.

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Chiquita Brooks-LaSure — President Joe Biden’s nominee to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — for 9:30 a.m. (ET) Thursday.

The nomination puts Brooks-LaSure on track to oversee regulation of Medicaid, Medicare and Affordable Care Act programs that affect the commercial health insurance market. She would be responsible for managing the the traditional Medicare program, the Medicare Advantage program and

Biden nominated her to the CMS administrator post in February.

Brooks-LaSure served in the Health and Human Services Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1999 through 2003; as a member of the staff of the House Ways and Committee from 2007 through 2010, and as a policy and regulation official at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, an arm of CMS, from 2012 through 2014.

She also has worked as a health care consultant at Avalere Health and at Manatt Health.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

Her husband, M. Allyn Brooks-LaSure, has worked in the past as a press secretary for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and is now a communications executive at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure (Photo: House Ways and Means Committee)


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