Press Release

RELEASE — Statement on Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2021)– Today the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) issues the following statement regarding the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and pending confirmations of other members of the Biden-Harris Administration health team:

“ACHP commends the Senate for confirming Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Becerra has been a tireless advocate for the Affordable Care Act and ensuring access to high-quality coverage and care for all Americans. His leadership will help secure a stable and effective individual market, address inequities in our health care system and turn the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In addition, the diverse expertise of Deputy Secretary nominee Andrea Palm, CMS Administrator nominee Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and CMMI Director Liz Fowler will help advance critical improvements in our health care system, improve access to affordable coverage and further advance value-based care delivery.

“ACHP and our nonprofit members stand ready to collaborate with the Biden-Harris Administration to continue addressing the pandemic, access to affordable coverage, social determinants of health and other pressing issues impacting the communities we serve.”

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) represents the nation’s top-performing non-profit health plans to improve affordability and outcomes in the health care system. ACHP member companies are provider-aligned health organizations that provide high-quality coverage and care to tens of millions of Americans. They are leading the industry in practical, proven reforms around primary care delivery, value-based payment and data-driven systems improvement.

ACHP advocates on behalf of its members and a unique approach to health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with health plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions being realized in communities nationwide and rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers. Learn more at the ACHP website and follow us on Twitter for the latest health insights.