Marilyn Tavenner

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Marilyn Tavenner
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Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Elections and appointments
ConfirmedMay 15, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Bachelor'sVirginia Commonwealth University
Master'sVirginia Commonwealth University
Date of birthMay 31, 1951
Place of birthMartinville, Virginia
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Marilyn B. Tavenner (b. May 31, 1951, in Martinsville, Virginia) is the current Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 15, 2013, by a vote of 97-1.[1] She was the first confirmed administrator since 2006 and the first Democrat confirmed in 15 years.[2]

Tavenner was first nominated to the position in 2011 and was acting administrator until she was nominated again and confirmed.[2] She previously worked for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) for 25 years.[3]


Tavenner earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University before working for the HCA for 25 years.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Tavenner's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1981-2006: Nursing Supervisor to Group President for Outpatient Services at HCA Holdings, Inc.
  • 2006-2010: Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 2011-2013: Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • 2013-Present: Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Confirmation vote

Tavenner was confirmed by the Senate on May 15, 2013, by a vote of 91-7.[1]

Marilyn Tavenner confirmation vote, May 15, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 51 0 51
Republican Party Republicans 38 7 45
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 91 7 98


Tavenner was awarded the March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award in 2007.[3]

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External links

Official website of the CMS