President Barack Obama still wants the U.S. Senate to confirm Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Obama resubmitted Berwick’s nomination to the Senate today. He put Berwick in the job July 7 using a recess appointment, a procedure that lets the president fill positions without Senate confirmation when Congress isn’t in session. The nomination had been stalled since it was submitted in April because of opposition from some Republicans.
Sending the nomination to the Senate following the recess appointment is “simply a formality,” said Reid Cherlin, an administration spokesman.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversee the two government programs that benefit more than 100 million poor, elderly and disabled Americans, haven’t had a permanent administrator since October 2006.
Berwick, 63, previously was president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.