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Medicare, Medicaid post calls for steady leader
Monterey Herald

Once upon a time, the Defense Department and the Social Security Administration reigned as the budgetary giants of the federal bureaucracy. But as health care costs have grown and Washington has taken on more financial responsibility for them, a once-obscure civilian agency has surpassed them both: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. In fiscal year 2011, CMS spent $962 billion on Medicare and Medicaid, about a quarter of all federal outlays that year.

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