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Paul Mango appointed to Trump administration post at CMS

Wesley Venteicher
Paul Mango

Former Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango is joining President Donald Trump’s administration as a high-ranking official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mango, of Pine, will be chief principal deputy administrator and chief of staff for CMS Administrator Seema Verna, the agency announced Wednesday.

Mango worked for international consulting firm McKinsey & Company as the head of its U.S. Center for Health Reform before losing a Republican gubernatorial nominee bid to Scott Wagner.

Mango said in the campaign that he supports changing Medicaid, the state-federal health care program for people with low incomes and disabilities, to a block grant format. Under the proposal, which has been included in failed GOP attempts at health care reform, the federal government would give states set amounts of money for the program based on population and other factors instead of paying a portion of each patient’s medical bills as it does now.

He has called for increasing transparency in the prices of medical procedures, which vary wildly from hospital to hospital and are often difficult to determine before a procedure is done. He has also called for greater transparency in hospital wait times and outcomes.

He said in a Twitter video that he has heard from people whose health insurance premiums are unaffordable and seniors who tell him their Medicare Part B premiums are too high.

“My commitment to you is to work as hard as I possibly can to make sure health care becomes more affordable, accessible and puts you, the consumer, back in the center of your health care decisions,” he said in the video.

Wesley Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wesley at 412-380-5676, [email protected] or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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