Biden Nominates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to Head Medicare, Medicaid

President Joe Biden has picked a former Obama administration official to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Biden announced Friday that he has selected Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an experienced health policy staffer, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The agency oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.

Brooks-LaSure is a former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation. She has more than 20 years of experience in health policy under her belt.

She previously served as deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and as director of coverage policy at the Department of Health & Human Services.

If confirmed by the Senate, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure would be the first Black woman to head CMS.

Brooks-LaSure will be tasked with growing enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and rolling back Trump administration policies allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.


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