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NAPH Statement on Confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as CMS Administrator

May 15, 2013

Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

WASHINGTON—”With its confirmation today of Marilyn Tavenner as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, the Senate took an important step today toward establishing stability at a time of great change and uncertainty in federal health care programs.”

“Ms. Tavenner’s distinguished career in health care and her experience with hospitals and health systems make her a valuable asset as CMS and the states carry out major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, we look to her leadership for ensuring access to essential health care services for all, especially our most vulnerable people.”

“NAPH looks forward to a continued productive working relationship with Ms. Tavenner and her colleagues at CMS.”

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About the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)
NAPH represents the nation’s safety net hospitals and health systems, which provide high volumes of care to low-income individuals. These facilities offer high-quality health services for all patients, including the uninsured .and underinsured, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to helping ensure access to health care for all Americans, safety net hospitals provide many essential communitywide services, such as primary care, trauma care, and neonatal intensive care. Safety net hospitals also train many of America’s doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. Since its inception in 1980, NAPH has cultivated a strong presence on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, and in many state capitols. NAPH advocates on behalf of its members on such issues as Medicaid, Medicare, and access to health care services for vulnerable populations. For more information, visit our website at

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