Obama Nominates Former UnitedHealth Executive To Run CMS
Andy Slavitt was formally nominated for the post, which he has been working at as acting administrator since February. The Obama administration is also nominating Mary Wakefield as deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Obama Nominates Former UnitedHealth Exec Slavitt To Run Medicare And Medicaid
President Obama has nominated former UnitedHealth Group executive Andy Slavitt to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Slavitt, whose nomination is subject to Senate approval, has been working as acting administrator of the government health insurance programs since February. (Spencer, 7/10)
Wakefield Nominated To Permanently Serve As HHS Deputy Secretary
Mary Wakefield has been nominated to permanently serve as HHS deputy secretary, a position she's held in an acting capacity for the past four months. The White House announced the nomination late Thursday, along with the nomination of Andy Slavitt as CMS administrator. For the past five years, Wakefield had served as head of the Health Resources and Service Administration, an HHS agency that works to improve access to healthcare for Americans who are uninsured, isolated, low-income or medically vulnerable. (Rubenfire, 7/10)