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Senate Confirms Two Health-Policy Officials

apple-healthDepartment of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday the Senate had unanimously confirmed Sherry Glied as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and Jim Esquea as assistant secretary for legislation.

Glied brings extensive experience in a number of health-policy fields, particularly healthcare financing and mental-health policy research, and is one of the most-respected health-policy experts in the country, Sebelius said.

“We are also excited to benefit from the wealth of expertise Jim Esquea has built during his time working on income security and Medicaid issues for the Senate Budget Committee,” she said. “With his knowledge of the programs we administer at HHS and his keen understanding of the legislative process, he will be a great resource.”

Glied, a professor and chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management of Columbia University, has extensive experience in healthcare financing and mental-health policy research. From 1992 to 1993, she served as a senior economist for healthcare and labor-market policy in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. As a participant in President Bill Clinton’s Health Care Task Force, she worked on global budgets and on the economic impacts of the health plan. She also has significant experience in mental-health policy, especially on issues of child and adolescent mental-health policy and financing.

As an analyst for Income Security and Medicaid for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, Esquea has covered issues ranging from veterans affairs and justice programs to child welfare, supplemental nutrition assistance, public housing, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other health programs. Prior to his work for the Budget Committee, Esquea served in the health division focusing on the Food and Drug Administration for the White House Office of Management and Budget under the Clinton administration.

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