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Harkin lifts hold on Tavenner nomination to head CMS
Modern Healthcare

A roadblock to the Senate confirmation of acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner was removed Tuesday when the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee lifted the hold he placed on the former HCA executive’s nomination in April. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Tuesday said he placed the hold on Tavenner’s nomination before a congressional recess late last month because Tavenner had signed a directive in March that channeled funds away from the health reform law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund.