Senate eyes confirmation hearings for Price

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – A key Senate committee will reportedly hold a confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

An aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says the hearing could be held Jan. 18, according to news reports.

The HELP Committee is one of two committees of jurisdiction for the confirmation process. The other, the Senate Finance Committee, has not officially released dates for the hearing. The Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, holds the official vote.

Industry stakeholders have cheered Price’s nomination. A longtime champion of the HME industry, he has introduced bills to replace the competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program.

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