(Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate toconfirm Andy Slavitt as the administrator of the Centers forMedicare & Medicaid Services.

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Slavitt is already the acting administrator of CMS. He joinedthe government in 2014, after working as an executive vicepresident at UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum unit, which helped fixthe main Obamacare website, healthcare.gov.

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CMS oversees health programs for the elderly, disabled and poor,in addition to handling many of the efforts tied to Obama’shealth-care overhaul. Medicare covers more than 50 million elderlyand disabled Americans.

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Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who’s chairman of the SenateFinance Committee, said Slavitt will have to answer questions abouthis work at UnitedHealth.

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“Mr. Slavitt’s conflicted history in the medical servicesindustry has produced mixed results and raised a number of seriousconcerns,” Hatch said in a statement. “Slavitt will need to answera number of tough questions regarding his former employer and theirrelationship with the agency.”

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Groups representing hospitals and doctors said they were pleasedby Slavitt’s nomination.

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Mary Wakefield, the acting deputy secretary of the Department ofHealth and Human Services, was nominated to be confirmed in herposition. She formerly ran the Health Resources and ServicesAdministration.

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