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Healthcare Groups React to HHS Secretary Confirmation

By Philip Betbeze  
   February 13, 2017

Such was the tone of a statement from America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry association for commercial health insurance companies. AHIP's president, Marilyn Tavenner, was the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services during the second Obama administration.

"AHIP congratulates Dr. Price on his confirmation. We look forward to working with him and his staff to develop and implement consumer-focused, private-sector solutions that will make health care more affordable and accessible for every American," she said.

America's Essential Hospitals, a 275-member association of nonprofit hospitals—many of them safety net hospitals, congratulated Price on his confirmation, despite the threat his efforts may pose to its members under an ACA repeal.

"Secretary Price has an extensive clinical, administrative, and academic background in healthcare and long experience as a legislator," reads the organization's statement.

"He was shaped in part by his earlier work caring for low-income and other vulnerable people at an essential hospital—institutions that fill a safety-net role, provide lifesaving services to all, and drive economic activity throughout communities."
Price was formerly director of orthopedics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, that city's safety net facility.

AEH said it looked forward to working with him and the administration to "ensure essential hospitals can sustain their commitment to disadvantaged people and underserved communities."

Price took the oath of office Friday morning, administered by Vice President Mike Pence.

Philip Betbeze is the senior leadership editor at HealthLeaders.

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