What Can Insurers Expect From Brooks-LaSure at Helm of CMS?

If Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is confirmed as the next CMS administrator, the managed care industry can expect to see a thoughtful and experienced leader helming an agency that wields vast regulatory power over some of insurers’ most lucrative business lines, industry experts say. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that every move taken by Brooks-LaSure, HHS secretary nominee Xavier Becerra or the Biden administration at large will be completely industry-friendly.

Dan Mendelson, founder of the consulting firm Avalere Health, suggests that “the health insurance industry can expect her to look carefully at the issues before acting; she’s not an impetuous person in any respect. That thoughtfulness is pretty much a hallmark of her operating style.”

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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