Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, CMS Administrator: Covering Healthcare for 150 Million Americans
Through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Insurance Program, and the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides or oversees health coverage for more than 150 million people across the country. With $1.5 trillion in annual healthcare spending, CMS plays a key role in shaping the direction of the US healthcare system, while serving as the primary source of coverage for the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income populations, and those needing long-term care. How is CMS building health equity into its programs and the healthcare system more broadly? Are public health insurance programs sustainable? Should they be expanded?