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Essential Hospitals Support Brooks-LaSure for CMS Administrator


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Medicaid and Medicare make her an ideal choice to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and we support her nomination as the agency’s administrator.

Her deep expertise in Medicaid and Medicare policies and her role in advancing coverage under the Affordable Care Act would bring valuable skills and leadership to CMS at a time when access to health care is more important than ever. The damage COVID-19 has caused to health and our economy heightens the need for stable and strong coverage through public programs.

We also welcome Brooks-LaSure’s nomination due to her long-standing focus on disparities in health and health care, such as those that affect the underrepresented people our hospitals serve. Her work to combat maternal mortality and morbidity makes her well suited to meet this urgent challenge for our nation.

We urge the Senate to quickly confirm Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator, and we look forward to working with her and her team.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at

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