Posted Saturday, June 5, 2021
The US Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be the new Administrator of CMS, the first African American woman to hold the position. Ms. Brooks-LaSure is a graduate of Princeton University, and earned a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She began her career as a program examiner and Medicaid analyst at the Office of Management & Budget (OMB). She has worked for the Democratic staff on the Ways & Means Committee in the House of Representatives, working on issues like the ACA and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Ms. Brooks-LaSure moved on to CMS, where under the Obama Administration she worked for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCCO), leading ACA implementation on insurance reform.
“Chiquita Brooks-LaSure brings solid experience to a very difficult job,” said NAHC President Bill Dombi in reaction to her confirmation as CMS Administrator. “Over the years, she has demonstrated a high degree of capability and the versatility to handle the wide range on matters that occur in Medicare and Medicaid. We look forward to working with her to expand access to home and community-based services and make the home the center of health care.”
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