Confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, Trump's HHS pick, scheduled for Jan. 9

Alex Azar, President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of HHS, is scheduled for a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee Jan. 9.

Mr. Azar previously served as a deputy secretary at HHS and as president of Eli Lilly's U.S. division.

"Mr. Azar has demonstrated that he has what it takes to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and that he will tackle the challenges facing the American healthcare system head-on," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. "Next week's hearing will give finance committee members a firsthand opportunity to hear from Mr. Azar about his plans to help mitigate Obamacare's corrosive effects, while ensuring Medicare and Medicaid are strengthened and maintained."

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