Trump announces nominee for top Health and Human Services position

Trump announces nominee for top Health and Human Services position
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President Trump on Thursday announced he'll nominate Matthew Bassett to serve as assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Legislation.
He will serve under HHS Secretary Tom Price if confirmed by the Senate, and replace Barbara Pisaro Clark, who is currently the acting assistant secretary for legislation. 

The announcement comes hours after Republican House members successfully passed the American Health Care Act, the GOP's legislation to repeal and replace key ObamaCare provisions.

Bassett, a Tennessean, “is a healthcare policy expert with more than 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors,” according to a White House release.

He previously worked in top private sector positions for healthcare companies myNEXUS and Davita Inc. 

Bassett has also worked in government on a federal and state level. He worked with House lawmakers who sat on the House Rules and Energy and Commerce Committees. And he also gained experience dealing with Kentucky’s Medicaid and insurance markets as part of the governor’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the White House said. 

He currently serves as on the board of directors for the Access Tennessee Health Insurance Pool.  

Many of the assistant secretary HHS positions -- including those for health, public affairs, and global affairs -- are still occupied by acting assistant secretaries on a temporary basis.