May 16—The U.S. Senate voted 91-7 Wednesday to confirm Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She is the first CMS administrator the Senate has confirmed in seven years.

Her confirmation came shortly after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) lifted the hold he’d placed on her nomination in April. Tavenner, who has served as a hospital CEO, a state health official, and a registered nurse, had been acting administrator of CMS leading up to her confirmation and previously served as principal deputy administrator. 

CMS administers Medicare and provides funds and guidance to all states for their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) programs. As head of CMS, Tavenner also will be responsible for overseeing implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance reforms and health insurance marketplaces.

Publication Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013