Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner as CMS administrator

NACDS heralds 91-7 vote

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm a former Virginia Health and Human Services secretary as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Members of the Senate voted 91-7 in favor of confirming Marilyn Tavenner to lead CMS, drawing praise from a retail pharmacy trade group.

"Often, much is said about a nominee's qualifications for a leadership position such as the administrator of CMS," National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said. "And I go further to say that her life story is a testament to the genuine care and dedication to patients that must drive the improvement of healthcare delivery in the United States."

Tavenner, who began her career as a nurse, was previously acting administrator of CMS.

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