Longtime Democratic health policy expert, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, has been named a top candidate for President Biden’s Medicare and Medicaid Agency. It has been rumored that Biden has been considering both Brooks-LaSure and North Carolina health secretary Mandy Cohen, who also served under the Obama administration. But in recent weeks, Brooks-LaSure has been seen as the clear frontrunner, sources said.
The next CMS administrator will be tasked with overseeing Biden’s efforts to expand Obamacare and erase much of Trump’s healthcare legacy. The top CMS job is one of the most consequential health posts in any administration. It oversees coverage for roughly 150 million people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, and it sets policies on everything from drug costs to physician payments.