With Xavier Becerra in place as HHS secretary, 340B providers are hopeful he will act fast and decisively against drug manufacturers that have either stopped providing 340B discounts or placed restrictions on 340B pricing in the contract pharmacy setting. | Shutterstock

Becerra Expected To Usher in Sea Change to 340B Governance

Updated, Friday, March 19, 9:30 a.m. EDT—After what initially appeared to be a rocky path to confirmation and a deadlocked vote in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) was confirmed today, by a 50-49 vote, as the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

Although Becerra was considered too liberal by many Republican senators due to his longtime support of Medicare-for-all and abortion rights, moderate Senate Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) voted for his nomination. Becerra received no other Republican votes. 

After what initially appeared to be a rocky path to confirmation and a deadlocked vote in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is widely expected to be confirmed today, shortly after noon Eastern, as the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

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