On March 18, 2021, Emily Barson, Executive Director of United States of Care (USofCare), issued the following statement on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
“United States of Care congratulates Xavier Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“Our nation faces enormous health care challenges requiring steady leadership. These include helping our country heal and recover from a once-in-a-century pandemic, a sharpened focus on health inequities, and people’s lack of health security, including when one loses or changes jobs. We believe Secretary Becerra’s experience at both the federal and state levels working to advance and protect access to affordable health care will be a tremendous asset in this position.
“We further congratulate Secretary Becerra on becoming the nation’s first Latino HHS Secretary. His confirmation comes at a pivotal moment in the pandemic, which has taken a disproportionately devastating toll on communities of color. We look forward to working with Secretary Becerra and the Biden-Harris Administration to build a better, more equitable health care system in the wake of COVID-19.”