Xavier Becerra has been sworn in because the twenty fifth Secretary of the Division of Well being and Human Companies. As Secretary, he’ll concentrate on guaranteeing that each one People have well being safety and entry to well being care.
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Xavier Becerra is the twenty fifth Secretary of the Division of Well being and Human Companies. As Secretary, he’ll concentrate on guaranteeing that each one People have well being safety and entry to healthcare.
All through his profession, the Secretary has made it his precedence to make sure that People have entry to the inexpensive healthcare they should survive and thrive —from his early days as a authorized advocate representing people with psychological sickness, to his position because the Legal professional Common of the state of California.
Secretary Becerra was a 12-term Member of Congress. He served as a member on the Committee on Methods And Means — as Rating Member of the Methods And Means Subcommittee on Social Safety and as member of the Subcommittee on Well being. He spent 10 years within the management of the Home of Representatives, each serving because the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Home Democratic Caucus. As a senior member on the Committee on Methods And Means and as a member of the Home, he labored to develop the Youngsters’s Well being Insurance coverage Program, the Inexpensive Care Act, cut back well being disparities in Medicare and Medicaid, and defend Social Safety and incapacity insurance coverage. As well as, he additionally served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
As California Legal professional Common, Secretary Becerra led the second-largest Division of Justice within the nation to defend the healthcare of working People. In his tenure, he created the Well being Care and Rights and Entry Division. The division’s mission was to guard shoppers from faulty medical merchandise, worth gouging, anti-competitive conduct, and well being care privateness breaches. As California Legal professional Common, Secretary Becerra gained judgments in opposition to machine manufactures with faulty merchandise, drug producers that wrongly elevated prescription drug prices, and an unprecedented anti-trust case in opposition to one of many largest well being programs within the nation. He additionally labored to carry opioid distributors, whose actions led to the opioid habit epidemic, accountable.
Whereas main the California Division of Justice, Secretary Becerra championed the three-year federal courtroom combat to save lots of the ACA and with it, the protections for the 133 million People with preexisting circumstances. He expanded the California Division of Justice’s efforts to scale back Medicaid fraud and elder abuse by elevating the Division of Medicaid and Aged Abuse and launched Operation SAFE, a brand new initiative to make sure that care services funded by Medi-Cal are doing their half to maintain the aged protected through the COVID-19 pandemic. Lastly, he created the Bureau of Incapacity Rights, which gained instances that ensured that college students with disabilities acquired their legally required advantages from college districts.
Born in Sacramento, Secretary Becerra is the son of working-class mother and father. He was the primary in his household to obtain a four-year diploma, incomes his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford College. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Regulation College. His mom was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the USA after marrying his father, a day laborer turned development employee. He’s married to Dr. Carolina Reyes, and he’s happy with his three daughters —Clarisa, Olivia, and Natalia —and son-in-law Ivan.
Xavier Becerra launched himself to the American Folks as Secretary Xavier Becerra in a welcome video in English and Spanish.
- Message from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to the American Folks:
My identify is Xavier Becerra and I’ve the privilege to function the Secretary of Well being and Human Companies below President Joe Biden. President Biden made a dedication to the American individuals to combat laborious for them. As Secretary of Well being and Human Companies, I decide to you that after I stand up within the morning, I’m combating to ensure you have well being and hope each day. You may’t have well being and hope until you’ve entry to good healthcare and you realize you’ve well being safety. I say that very personally as a result of I do know rising up I did not have very a lot. My mother and father labored very laborious, however there’s one factor we did have – we had well being entry as a result of my father had medical insurance by way of his union job. That gave us safety. And we had the peace of thoughts that comes from figuring out that if one in all us had gotten in poor health, my mother and father may have taken us to the physician or the hospital and never needed to fear about whether or not we may nonetheless pay the lease or the mortgage, or should go bankrupt. For too many People, that peace of thoughts is not there. Well being entry and well being safety needs to be our aim. To provide each one in all us entry to the most effective care we are able to have. To make it possible for throughout this time of COVID pandemic, all of us have the vaccine that we want; that we’ll have the data to maintain our households protected; that we get that care well timed, after we want it. That will likely be my dedication to the American individuals to work laborious on daily basis to just be sure you have entry and safety on the subject of your healthcare. I thanks for this chance to serve. I thank President Biden for his confidence. And I sit up for engaged on behalf of the American individuals. Thanks.
Hola, soy Xavier Becerra, el secretario del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos. Y tengo el privilegio de tener ese puesto bajo el presidente Joe Biden. El presidente Biden hizo una promesa al pueblo – de luchar siempre para todos nosotros. Como secretario, yo quiero unirme con el presidente Biden para hacer esa lucha, porque yo sé que en cuanto nuestra salud, necesitamos saber que tenemos esperanza. Así que, para nosotros en el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos, la lucha para su salud, y la esperanza para todos, va ser el trabajo numero uno. Porque sin esa salud y sin esa esperanza, es difícil tener la seguridad que necesitamos todos. Yo lo digo de experiencia. De joven, cuando crecí, yo vi a mis padres siempre trabajar duro. Siempre estábamos buscando mejor modo, pero lo que si teníamos period nuestra salud. Y la teníamos porque mi papa tenía seguro médico bajo su empleo como miembro de un sindicato. Algo muy importante. Yo quiero ofrecerle a cada familia americana esa misma seguridad de saber que si uno tiene que llevar a su hijo al physician o al hospital, lo puede hacer sin tener que faltar a un pago de su renta. Sin tener que tener el temor de ir en banca rota. Esa seguridad nos da la tranquilidad de saber que vamos a avanzar. Así que en este Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos, bajo el presidente Joe Biden, vamos a luchar cada día, para su salud y su seguridad y esperanza. Muchas gracias.