It's official: Sebelius is in

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

WASHINGTON – It's been a long battle, but Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation as health and human services secretary yesterday.

The vote: 65 to 31.

While the confirmation was anticipated, the official decision will allow Sebelius to get down to business.

"The biggest thing right now for us is getting a new CMS director in place," said John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for The VGM Group. "There's a lot of different names on the table."

Sebelius has promised to make healthcare reform a priority, and industry stakeholders from across the spectrum plan to hold her to it.

"We hope the Secretary addresses numerous federal policies that limit patient access to our services, whether they are onerous regulations or insufficient reimbursements," said the National Community Pharmacists Association in a release. "If these concerns are left unresolved patients will see their health jeopardized and the ensuing treatment costs can be far more expensive.”