New Administration taps Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

“On February 17, 2021, it was reported that President Biden would nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the largest operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”

“The CMS Administrator enjoys considerable influence. Administrator-designate Brooks-LaSure, if confirmed, will run the largest HHS operating division with more than $1 trillion in annual expenditures, more than 6,000 employees, 10 offices around the country, regulatory oversight of nearly all health care providers in the nation and control of federal health programs covering 145 million Americans, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Because of this role, the Administrator and her actions often have wide-reaching effects on health care, even beyond the programs CMS administers…”

“…Brooks-LaSure then joined the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) within CMS, which oversees federal health insurance-related laws and the ACA. There, she led ACA implementation with respect to coverage and insurance reform during the Obama-Biden administration…”

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Source: Getting to Know Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Reported Administrator-designate of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, February 17, 2021. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

G2X TAKE: Confirming the recent rumors, there was big news out late yesterday as the new Administration has named Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an Obama Administration veteran and former CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) leader who helped craft the Affordable Care Act, to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Included above is an article which provides a detailed overview of Brooks-LaSure’s bio, and provides a glimpse into some of the reasons why she was selected for this high-profile role. 

Prior roles include:

  • Managing Director – Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Deputy Director of Policy and Regulation – CCIIO/CMS
  • Director of Coverage Policy – Office of Health Reform/HHS

Expect to hear much more in the days and weeks ahead as the new CMS Administrator, and the new HHS Secretary, whose confirmation hearings will be held next week, work together to set and drive an aggressive and high priority set of initiatives and agenda for the new Administration.


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