ASCO Congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Confirmation as CMS Administrator

Statement by Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, Board Chair of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
For immediate release
May 25, 2021


Melissa Lee

“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Administrator Brooks-LaSure is now in a key position to lead CMS during the agency’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the new Administration.

"Administrator Brooks-LaSure is well-prepared for her new role. She helped draft parts of the ACA as a staffer on the House Ways & Means Committee, has experience working in the White House Office of Management and Budget, and served as a senior CMS official during the Obama administration, where she helped implement the ACA and other health insurance reform policy.

"ASCO is looking forward to working with Administrator Brooks-LaSure and CMS to re-examine demonstration projects aimed at improving access to high-quality, equitable cancer care in the United States. Collaboration between the agency and stakeholders will be particularly important as we continue to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while aiming to further improve cancer care. ASCO is particularly interested in working with CMS to implement important initiatives such as the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act and new physician payment models."

About ASCO: 

The Association for Clinical Oncology is a 501 (c)(6) organization that represents nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2019, the Association works to ensure that all individuals with cancer have access to high-quality, affordable care; that the cancer care delivery system supports optimal cancer care; and that our nation supports robust federal funding for research on the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @ASCO.