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The Senate confirms Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary

March 18, 2021

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The United States Senate confirmed Thursday Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary.

Although the vote on the endorsement of the former California attorney general was tight (50 to 49), several medical societies, including the AMA, announced their support for the endorsement.

The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary. Source: Shutterstock.

“The American Medical Association welcomes the Senate’s confirmation that Xavier Becerra is the next secretary for Health and Human Services,” said AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, said in a statement. “His leadership will be put to the test early on when he arrives amid a pandemic and affordable care law challenges.”

She added that the organization “believes he is the right person for the job and looks forward to working with him to ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care during this dangerous time.”

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) also issued a statement in support of the affirmation.

The association noted that Becerra said during his confirmation hearing that he “has a wholehearted belief that we will build telehealth”.

He also recognized the issue of broadband access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to make sure that communities have access to broadband,” Becerra said. “If we don’t learn from COVID-19 that telehealth can save lives, we will get into trouble. I think we will move forward. “

The ATA said it also supports “expanding broadband access to bridge the” digital divide “and address the inequalities that currently exist in healthcare.”

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) announced that it also supports Becerra’s endorsement.

In a press release Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, The President of the AANP said nurses “are ready to work with Secretary Becerra, HHS and the Biden Administration to address the critical health problems facing our country, including expanding access to quality health care to diverse populations to encourage patients to those to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them, as well as treating the influx of patients currently battling this devastating disease. “

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