Health Information Management

Obama looks to Kansas governor to lead HHS

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 9, 2009

President Barack Obama officially made Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) his pick for the new secretary of HHS March 2, according to a White House press release.

The HHS secretary oversees HIPAA regulations and will have major influence regulating the new HIPAA laws in the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009.

"Kathleen Sebelius has a remarkable intellect, unquestioned integrity, and the kind of pragmatic wisdom you’ll tend to find in a Kansan," Obama said in a prepared statement. "I know she will bring some much-needed grace and good humor to Washington, and she will be a tremendous asset to my cabinet."

Obama also chose Nancy Ann DeParle to lead the White House Office of Health Reform. DeParle was Tennessee's commissioner of the Department of Human Services.

"If we are going to help families, save businesses, and improve the long-term economic health of our nation, we must realize that fixing what’s wrong with our healthcare system is no longer just a moral imperative, but a fiscal imperative. Healthcare reform that reduces costs while expanding coverage is no longer just a dream we hope to achieve—it’s a necessity we have to achieve,” said President Obama.

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