Skilled Nursing Facility

Biden nominates California AG as new HHS secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Xavier Becerra, the current California attorney general (AG), for the position of secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If confirmed, Becerra will replace incumbent secretary Alex Azar.

Prior to his position as the California AG, Becerra served 12 terms in the House of Representatives, and is an avid defender of the Affordable Care Act.

Becerra will need to be confirmed by Congress after Biden takes office in January, and if confirmed, will lead efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 in both SNFs and the general population.