President-elect Donald Trump announced today that he will appoint Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in his Administration. Price, who has represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District since 2004, has been a consistent advocate for better public policy in the healthcare arena and has championed legislation to make sure that patients who rely on home medical equipment have access to those products and related services.
“With a background as a successful orthopaedic surgeon and as a professor at one of our nation’s leading medical schools, Dr. Price is perhaps the best-informed member of Congress on healthcare issues,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare. “He’s been a powerful voice in Congress in support of efforts to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality healthcare, and I expect he will be even more influential and effective as a leader in the new Administration.”
“Over the past year, Dr. Price has been at the forefront of Congressional efforts to make sure that individuals who rely on home medical equipment in rural communities and other less-densely populated areas can get the products and services they need,” added Ryan. “The home medical equipment community, as well as HME patients and their caregivers, owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership and effectiveness on this issue.”
“Given his impressive credentials and demonstrated commitment to better healthcare public policy, Dr. Price should receive a quick and unanimous confirmation by the Senate,” said Ryan. “AAHomecare and the home medical equipment community look forward to working with Dr. Price to make sure that this country’s healthcare system is ready to meet patient needs for decades to come.”
Seema Verma, founder and president of health policy consulting firm SVC Inc., was selected to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.