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Senate Confirms Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 6:38 PM

The Senate confirmed Azar Wednesday afternoon 55-43 in a mostly party line vote. 

“We very much look forward to working with Secretary Azar to expand home care and hospice opportunities throughout Medicaid and Medicare,” said NAHC President Bill Dombi. “The value of community-based care has been repeatedly demonstrated over the years as well as in many of the current innovations underway. Embracing this high value will improve overall care and bring significant efficiencies to programs under the new Secretary’s command.”

Most Democrats attacked the nominee, who is a former executive with Eli Lilly USA as being far to close to the pharmaceutical industry. During his tenure at Eli Lilly, there were significant drug price increases. However, Republicans defended Azar’s nomination due to his extensive knowledge of the healthcare system.

Source: NAHC Report

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