May 8—Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Tuesday lifted the hold he placed on the nomination of acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, removing a roadblock to her Senate confirmation as head of CMS.

Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, placed the hold on Tavenner’s nomination in April, after she signed a March directive that channeled funding from the health reform law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to educate the public regarding the health insurance marketplaces. 

Although Harkin still objects to those actions, he noted in prepared remarks that he had no objections to Tavenner leading CMS and that an effective leader was needed at the helm of CMS at a critical stage in implementing the Affordable Care Act. Following Harkin’s announcement on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid said it was unclear when the Senate would vote on the nomination.

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 08, 2013