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Biden selects Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as first Black woman to run Medicare

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. Manatt Health

Story at a glance

  • Sources tell various outlets that Biden may nominate Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to run the trillion-dollar Medicare agency.
  • She previously worked alongside former President Obama.

Former Obama-era policy official Chiquita Brooks-LaSure could be the next appointee to join President Biden’s administration as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to sourcing from The Washington Post.

If her nomination is approved by the Senate, it would make her the first Black woman to hold the position.

Brooks-LaSure’s biography as a managing director at the consulting firm Manatt Health notes that she worked alongside other Obama administration officials in helping pass and implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has worked in the health policy field for over two decades. 

Some of her previous posts included serving as deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as director of coverage policy at the Department of Health & Human Services.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have access to about $1 trillion in federal funding to help administer health insurance for older and lower-income Americans. 

Brooks-LaSure would be the latest nominee to potentially join Biden’s diverse administration, whose prospective cabinet is composed of 40 percent nonwhite professionals, according to Brookings data. These figures are on par with the Obama administration and surpassed by the Clinton administration by 3 percent.