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House GOP Leader To Introduce Tavenner At Nomination Hearing

Senators are planning to grill Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration's nominee to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., has said she is "eminently qualified," and her confirmation is expected.

Politico: Eric Cantor Could Sway GOP For Marilyn Tavenner
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will introduce President Barack Obama's nominee to run the Medicare and Medicaid agencies at Tuesday's Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider her nomination — a bipartisan boost that signals that she’s likely on course for confirmation. Cantor, who has known Marilyn Tavenner since he was in the state Legislature and she worked in Virginia, has called her "eminently qualified" to be administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That job also encompasses a lot of the implementation of the health care law (Haberkorn, 4/9).

Modern Healthcare: Tavenner Likely To Get Intense Grilling, But Confirmation Expected
Senators are planning a bipartisan policy grilling of Marilyn Tavenner this week, but they're likely to move her toward becoming the first confirmed CMS administrator since 2006. Tavenner, acting administrator since December 2011, is not expected to face the harsh political treatment that Democrats feared her predecessor Dr. Donald Berwick would get, according to congressional sources (Daly, 4/8).

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