Biden picks Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead CMS

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that President Biden has selected Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


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During the presidential transition, Brooks-LaSure led Biden’s HHS review team, helping assess the Trump administration’s operations. In her most recent role before the review team, she served as a managing director at Manatt Health, a consulting firm that works with the health-care industry.

Brooks-LaSure also has deep ties on Capitol Hill, according to the Post:

Brooks-LaSure served in the Obama administration as a senior CMS official who helped implement the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion and insurance-market reforms. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a Democratic staff member for the House Ways and Means Committee, building ties with then-Rep. Xavier Becerra, Biden’s choice to lead the Health and Human Services department and who sat on the committee at the time.”

The Post also reported that Brooks-LaSure was championed by the Congressional Black Caucus.

Discussing her priorities in the past, Brooks-LaSure has discussed expanding Medicaid and improving health coverage, as well as addressing high rates of maternal mortality.

North Carolina health secretary and fellow Obama veteran Mandy Cohen was also considered for the role. The decision has not yet been announced publicly, but the Post spoke to four people who revealed the decision on the condition of anonymity.