Alex Azar

Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • 5/19/18 Struggles to sell Trump's agenda of bringing prescription drug prices under control without giving Medicare any bargaining power. (Hill)
  • 6/21/18 The Dept. of Health and Human Services asks the Pentagon to make preparations to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American bases in makeshift detention units. (NYT)
  • 7/7/18 Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, halts billions of dollars in annual payments required under the law to even out the cost to insurers whose customers need expensive medical coverage. (WaPo)
  • 7/9/18 At the U.N.-affiliated World Health Assembly, the U.S. delegation led by the DHHS attempts to shut down a widely studied and approved resolution to encourage breastfeeding globally, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers. After failing to upend the resolution, the delegation begins levying threats of pulling trade and military aid to individual countries such as Ecuador. When Russia speaks up in support of the measure, the U.S. delegation does not threaten them. (NYT)
  • 9/20/18 A letter reveals that HHS plans to divert up to $266 million in funding originally allocated for programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health in order to pay for the expenses of housing detained immigrant children. (Yahoo!)
  • 10/21/18 The Department of Health and Human services considers narrowing the definition of gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, a major rollback of recognition and protection of transgender people under federal law. (NYT)