Thomas McCaffery to be Nominated DoD Asst Secretary for Health Affairs

Thomas McCaffery

President Trump intends to nominate Thomas McCaffery, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, to assume the role on a full-time basis, the White House announced Monday.

McCaffery concurrently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and oversees the Defense Health Program‘s $50 billion annual budget.

He oversees the delivery of healthcare services to approximately 9.4 million active-duty service members, military veterans and their families.

His public sector career also includes time as chief deputy director at the California Department of Health Services and a staff position staff at the Washington, D.C. Office of the state’s governor.

He also held vice president roles at California State Partnerships and Blue Shield‘s CalPERS sector, as well as served as chief operating officer and VP at the Alliance of Catholic Health Care.

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