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Vladeck named to head U.S. health agency

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton nominated Bruce C. Vladeck, a New York health policy specialist, yesterday to head the Baltimore County-based Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

Mr. Vladeck, 43, takes over at a critical time for the agencywhich is likely to be dramatically affected by the administration's changes in the health care system.

HCFA, which runs Medicare and parts of the Medicaid program, has a budget of $230 billion, larger than those of many Cabinet-level departments. Most of HCFA's 4,000 employees are inWoodlawn, but the agency's top administrators also maintain offices in Washington.

Mr. Vladeck, who visited HCFA's offices here yesterday, currently serves as president of the United Hospital Fund of New York, a Manhattan charity that supports innovative programs in medicine and research on health care.

He has questioned whether managed competition, oncomponent of the Clinton administration's health care reform plan, could generate the savings necessary to pay for coverage of the 35 million Americans who now lack health insurance.

Mr. Vladeck has headed the hospital fund since 1983.

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