Congressman Tom Price Sworn in as New HHS Secretary

Source: Health Policy Institute of Ohio and American Academy of Family Physicians

President Donald Trump’s new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD, took office on February 10 after a close Senate vote (Source: “Trump’s Pick for HHS Secretary Takes Office,” Associated Press via New York Times, February 10, 2017).

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Congressman Price, of Georgia, at the White House hours after the Senate confirmed him 52-47 in a party-line vote.

As head of HHS, Secretary Price, an orthopedic surgeon, will take center stage as the administration and congressional Republicans try delivering on their pledge to scrap the ACA and substitute their own programs.

The American Academy of Family Physicians sent a letter to Secretary Price informing him of the Academy’s advocacy priorities on behalf of AAFP members and their patients. Those priorities are:
  1. Health Care Coverage for All
  2. Delivery System and Payment Reform
  3. Health Care Affordability
  4. Primary Care Workforce
  5. Promote Prevention & Wellness.

The AAFP letter also addresses the need for simplification of administrative regulations.

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