President Trump Selects Medicare Director

As rumored, President Trump has selected Demetrios Kouzoukas to be the Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Kouzoukas will also serve as Principle Deputy Administrator for CMS making him second in command to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
From 2003-2009 Kouzoukas served as the Principal Associate Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Deputy General Counsel for HHS under President George W. Bush. After leaving HHS Kouzoukas went into private legal practice before becoming General Counsel for United Health Care’s Medicare and Retirement division.
While at HHS, Kouzoukas was responsible for regulatory policy across the Department and at various times collaborated with or advised every division of HHS. Kouzoukas graduated with a degree in political science and public policy from George Washington University before going on to receive his J.D. from the University of Illinois. He is originally from Chicago.


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