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Jonathan Blum

Deputy Administrator and Director
Center for Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW, MS: 314G
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202/690-6301
E-mail: jonathan.blum@cms.hhs.gov

Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator and director for the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for-service providers, privately administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. The benefits pay for health care for approximately 45 million elderly and disabled Americans, with an annual budget in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Blum has become expert in the gamut of CMS programs. He served as an advisor to Senate Committee on Finance members and its current chairman, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), where he worked on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Modernization Act. He focused on Medicare as a program analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Blum was a vice president at Avalere Health, overseeing its Medicaid and Long-Term Care Practice.

Most recently, Mr. Blum served as a health policy advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team. He holds a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government and a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.