Senate confirms HHS assistant secretary

The Senate confirmed Richard Frank to be an assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Frank was confirmed by voice vote as part of a unanimous consent agreement reached Thursday.

He will likely serve under President Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusThe chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ Sebelius: 'Repugnant' for states to reject Medicaid expansion MORE.

The Senate is expected to confirm Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mathews BurwellObama administration takes step to reform Medicare payments Rubio breaks with GOP, backs Obama Zika request Medicare saved 3 billion from cost slowdown, HHS says MORE next month to be the new head of that department.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted 21-3 to advance Burwell's nomination.

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