In response to the Senate confirmation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the first Black woman to lead the powerful Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Jamila Taylor, senior fellow and director of health care reform at The Century Foundation (TCF), a leading progressive think tank, released the following statement:

“I applaud the historic confirmation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, whose career has been dedicated to expanding health care coverage and access and improving equity throughout our health system. As head of CMS, she will have enormous power over the health care of many people of color and those with low incomes. Her demonstrated commitment to improving access and equity is welcome news to anyone who cares about addressing the significant racial disparities in health care that our country faces.

“I am looking forward to working with Ms. Brooks-LaSure and CMS staff to lift up the importance of Medicaid in combating the maternal health crisis in America, which has disproportionately impacted Black mothers. Her work has shown that she understands the gravity of this crisis and is committed to ensuring that Medicaid is part of the solution.”

Read Dr. Taylor’s report on how closing the Medicaid postpartum coverage gap can improve maternal health outcomes, particularly for women of color and her testimony on structural racism and the Black maternal health crisis before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform earlier this month.