On Thursday, President Obama submitted Andy Slavitt as his nomination for the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. Slavitt is currently the acting administrator for CMS.
In a statement, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “Mr. Slavitt’s conflicted history in the medical services industry has produced mixed results and raised a number of serious concerns. [He] will need to answer a number of tough questions regarding his former employer and their relationship with the agency.”
Slavitt was previously an executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group’s Optum unit, which helped fix the healthcare.gov website after an ill-fated launch.