Family Physicians: CMS Would be in Good Hands with Andy Slavitt at the Helm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The health security of millions of Americans would be in good hands under the leadership of Andy Slavitt as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes and fully supports his nomination to this post.

“Slavitt has proven himself and his expertise as acting CMS administrator and principal deputy administrator. He was instrumental in strengthening the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, and in the launch of the 2014 open enrollment season for policies offered through those marketplaces.

“Throughout his career, he has focused on ensuring that patients have access to high quality care, regardless of their insurance status. As a member of the CMS team, he has emphasized the importance of program integrity and transparency for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and health insurance marketplaces.

“The combination of his administrative expertise and his commitment to high quality patient care make him an ideal candidate for CMS administrator. We urge his swift confirmation by the Senate and look forward to working with him as CMS develops and implements the regulatory framework for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, as well as the Better Care, Smarter Spending and Healthier People Initiative.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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