Tavenner Could Soon Be Approved by Senate As CMS Administrator

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could soon have its first Senate-approved administrator since 2006.

CMS acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner is scheduled to appear before the Senate Finance Committee April 9 for a confirmation hearing and while she may face some tough questioning from lawmakers about implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a Senate GOP aide told me that GOP Senators are unlikely to vote against her nomination. President Obama Feb. 7 renominated Tavenner for the post. Tavenner did not receive a hearing the first time she was nominated in 2011.

Tavenner’s chances have improved as anger over ACA has subsided somewhat. She also is highly regarded by many lawmakers and providers. 

If approved by the Finance Committee, the full Senate would then take up the nomination.