Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms First CMS Chief Since 2006

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted resoundingly to make Marilyn Tavenner the first confirmed chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in seven years, a rare instance of bipartisan accord on health care that underscored the nominee’s apolitical style.

Tavenner’s nomination sailed through with little debate on a 91-7 vote, cementing her status as leader of the $820 billion agency she’s helmed in an acting role for 18 months. The Senate’s blessing will boost Tavenner’s standing and give her more authority to use the...
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