Two years ago today I was sworn in as CMS Administrator. One of my first actions when I began this journey was to send a letter to the nation’s governors in which I committed to ushering in a new era for the federal and state Medicaid partnership, granting states more freedom to design innovative local solutions.
When facing any policy issue, it helps to take a step back and run it through the lens of common-sense. Can you imagine going to the grocery store, getting the groceries you need for the week, but never knowing the price of your items until a week later when the store sends you a bill? Sadly, that’s how health care works every day.
One of my commitments as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to ensure we remain steadfast in our commitment to strengthen Medicare by making sure that tax dollars are spent appropriately.
Today is National Rural Health Day, an important day for all of us at CMS and, more importantly, for the work we do every day to improve the health of those living in our nation’s rural communities.
I have often said that the best action that CMS can take to support state innovation is to get out of the way. We’ve heard loud and clear that states want room to explore new ways of delivering care and designing programs to help their Medicaid beneficiaries live healthier, more independent lives.
America’s journalists work hard every day to inform their audiences. At CMS, we recognize that the journalists who cover our agency—and our efforts to transform the healthcare system—need accurate, up-to-date information and they need it quickly.