Senators air complaints to CMS nominee

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Members of the Senate Finance Committee urged Kerry Weems, who has been nominated to head the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to repair problems within the Medicare program.

Committee members, including Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), said they disapprove of the agency's delayed responses to information requests, specifically regarding Medicare Part D premium deduction problems. They also said they would like Weems, if he is chosen, to improve the agency's relationship with Congress.

The committee last week held a hearing to consider Weems, a 24-year veteran of the Department of Health and Human Services, for administrator of CMS. Weems told the committee he would fix the information delay and improve program oversight.

See more information about last week's hearing at http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing072507.htm.