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✦ President Joe Biden at press time was expected to name Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the new CMS administrator, according to multiple news reports. Currently a managing director with Manatt Health, Brooks-LaSure is a former director with HHS and CMS who played a key role in passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act.

✦ Two weeks after President Joe Biden issued an executive order instructing federal agencies to review waivers and policies that may “reduce coverage or otherwise undermine Medicaid,” including Medicaid work requirements, Acting CMS Administrator Elizabeth Richter notified states that the agency is retracting the additional procedures for potential waiver withdrawals presented in letters of agreement with former Administrator Seema Verma. CMS said it will instead “adhere to the regulations and STCs [special terms and conditions], which generally provide that States will receive notice and an opportunity to request a hearing before a determination to suspend, modify, or withdraw a demonstration project becomes effective,” according to an excerpt of one of the letters posted by JD Supra. Notably, the letter issued to Tennessee did not retract approval of the TennCare III waiver, which establishes a fixed funding approach. Visit https://bit.ly/2M0wlJc.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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