ASCO Congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Confirmation as CMS Administrator

Statement by Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, Board Chair of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
May 25, 2021

“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Administrator Brooks-LaSure is now in a key position to lead CMS during the agency’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the new Administration.

"Administrator Brooks-LaSure is well-prepared for her new role. She helped draft parts of the ACA as a staffer on the House Ways & Means Committee, has experience working in the White House Office of Management and Budget, and served as a senior CMS official during the Obama administration, where she helped implement the ACA and other health insurance reform policy.

"ASCO is looking forward to working with Administrator Brooks-LaSure and CMS to re-examine demonstration projects aimed at improving access to high-quality, equitable cancer care in the United States. Collaboration between the agency and stakeholders will be particularly important as we continue to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while aiming to further improve cancer care. ASCO is particularly interested in working with CMS to implement important initiatives such as the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act and new physician payment models."

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