CMS Administrator Tavenner’s Confirmation Reflects Bipartisan Expectations
Although seven Republican senators voted against Tavenner, many key Republican leaders in the Senate approved, and her nomination to head CMS cleared the chamber 91-7 on May 15.
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CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s departure comes as she faced continued struggles with Congress over the ACA and potential disruptions in the exchanges from an upcoming ruling by the Supreme Court. Andy Slavitt will serve as acting administrator.
Sen. Harkin said he is lifting his hold on a Senate vote on Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination to head CMS because he recognizes the agency needs a permanent leader as it faces the challenges of implementing the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions.
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