The Senate has unanimously confirmed William Corr, a longtime health policy shaper, as deputy secretary of HHS. He now joins HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the top of a department charged with ushering in a new era of healthcare delivery in the U.S.
Corr previously served as the executive director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and before that was HHS chief of staff during the Clinton administration.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who helped shepherd the nomination, lauded Corr for a career largely rooted in health reform that dates back decades. Now its time to get down to work, Baucus said in a written statement.
The Senate also approved the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux as administrator of the Indian Health Service. Roubideaux, a primary-care physician and assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has conducted research on diabetes and chronic illness among American Indians and Alaska Natives.