U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ranking Member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, released the following statement today following the Senate Finance Committee's confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for administering Medicare and Medicaid:
"Last August, Marilyn Tavenner accepted my invitation to visit Kansas and learn more about the unique challenges facing health care providers and patients in my state and across rural America," Sen. Moran said. "Through my discussions with Ms. Tavenner in Kansas and my work with her on related health care matters important to my state, I have found her to be capable and diligent. As a former nurse and hospital administrator, I am confident she has a thorough understanding of the health care system and the challenges facing it. While I oppose many of the Administration's health policies, I believe Ms. Tavenner is a strong choice to manage CMS, and I plan to support her nomination."