Senate Confirms Corr as Deputy Secretary of HHS, Roubideaux as IHS Secretary
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed William Corr as deputy secretary of HHS, CQ HealthBeat reports (CQ HealthBeat, 5/7). He was approved by unanimous consent.
Corr has worked for Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). He also worked as chief of staff at HHS during former President Clinton's administration (Zhang, Wall Street Journal, 5/7). Most recently, he was executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CQ HealthBeat, 5/7).
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement said, "Bill Corr's policy expertise and management experience will be invaluable as we work together to manage the department and pass and implement comprehensive health reform" (Wall Street Journal, 5/7).
Indian Health Service
In related news, the Senate also approved by unanimous consent Yvette Roubideaux, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, to be director of the Indian Health Service, the Arizona Daily Star reports (Arizona Daily Star, 5/8). Roubideaux previously worked as a medical officer and clinical director for the Indian Health Service (Rapid City Journal, 5/7).
Sebelius said that Roubideaux "has seen the Indian Health Service through the eyes of a patient and a doctor, and I know she is the leader we need to strengthen IHS" (Arizona Daily Star, 5/8).