It’s official: Azar is in at HHS

Thursday, January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar has been confirmed by the Senate as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by a 55-43 vote. At his Jan. 9 confirmation hearing, Azar told Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., he would work with congressional leaders to address issues negatively impacting the HME industry, including working with the Office of Management and Budget to approve an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program in non-bid areas. Industry stakeholders plan to press Azar to keep that promise. “AAHomecare and the home medical equipment community look forward to working with Secretary Azar to make sure that our nation’s seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals with chronic conditions have access to HME products and services that can keep them at home with their families and principal caregivers,” said the association in a bulletin.