Washington, D.C. — Children’s hospitals welcome the official confirmation of Alex Azar as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar, whose nomination as secretary was approved 55 to 43 by the full Senate today, has had a long-standing career as a leader on health issues in the government and private sector. Within the public sphere, Azar served first as HHS general counsel before taking up the role of HHS deputy secretary. He most recently worked for the biopharmaceutical and health insurance industries before accepting President Trump’s nomination to lead HHS.
Azar’s knowledge of federal health care policy will no doubt serve him well in his new position. In his role as secretary of HHS, he will oversee 11 agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
On behalf of our nation’s children’s hospitals and the patients and families they serve, the Children’s Hospital Association looks forward to working with Secretary Azar to ensure every child across the country has access to high quality, cost-effective care tailored to meet their unique health care needs.
About the Children's Hospital Association
The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.