Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Statement on the Confirmation of Alex Azar as Secretary of HHS

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association president and CEO Scott P. Serota issued the following statement today in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

“We congratulate Mr. Azar on his confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services and look forward to working with him on shaping solutions to the nation’s healthcare challenges. We agree that significant, sustained action is needed to address four key areas that he outlined in his confirmation hearings—reducing high prescription drug prices, improving Medicare to emphasize better health outcomes for patients, fighting the opioid epidemic and making healthcare more accessible and affordable for consumers. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to working with Secretary Azar to achieve our shared goal of making sure people can access the coverage and care they need at a price they can afford.”

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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for one in three Americans. BCBSA provides health care insights through The Health of America Report series and the national BCBS Health Indexsm. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit BCBS.com. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out our blog.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.