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Biden names acting CMS administrator, HHS secretary 

Biden names acting CMS administrator, HHS secretary 

WASHINGTON - Liz Richter has been named acting administrator of CMS and Norris Cochran has been named acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Richter is an agency veteran who has worked at CMS since 1990, most recently as deputy center director for the Center for Medicare. She began in the Bureau of Policy Development working on inpatient hospital payment policy. She subsequently worked on a variety of Medicare payment issues. She has also served as director of the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group in the Center for Medicare Management. 

Cochran previously served as deputy assistant secretary of budget for HHS. 

President Joe Biden has nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as his HHS secretary but there has been no confirmation hearing scheduled yet. 


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