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Senate confirms Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator

Senate confirms Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to head CMS. 

Brooks-LaSure served in the Obama Administration, where she helped guide the Affordable Care Act through passage and implementation. She also worked as a Democratic staffer for the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives.   

“AAHomecare congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as CMS Administrator,” said the association. “Her experience in roles at CMS, HHS and on Capitol Hill provide a solid foundation for her work leading federal healthcare programs that support the health and well-being of millions of individuals throughout America.” 

Brooks-LaSure's nomination was put on hold in April by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, over a rescinded Medicaid waiver for that state.  

The HME industry has been, in many ways, in a holding pattern on various initiatives while awaiting the confirmation of Brooks-LaSure.  

“AAHomecare and the home medical equipment (HME) community are especially eager to work with Administrator Brooks-LaSure to provide a meaningful update on Medicare reimbursement rates for HME to reflect increasing product costs and new operational requirements suppliers currently face,” said the association. “We urge the administrator to address this issue through the pending DME Rule and expedite release of this important regulation.” 


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