Senior adviser to HHS secretary dies

Senior adviser to HHS secretary dies
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Daniel Best, a senior adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, has died.

“It is with tremendous sadness that I learned of the passing of our friend and colleague," Azar said in a statement Thursday.

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"I had the great privilege to know Dan Best for the past decade," Azar added. "He joined me here at HHS out of a desire to serve the American people by making healthcare more affordable."

The statement did not list the cause of death.

Best worked at CVS Health before joining HHS in March. He lead the agency's efforts on drug pricing reform. Best received his bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton in 1991.

"He brought his deep expertise and passion to this task with great humility and collegiality," Azar said. "All of us who served with Dan at HHS and in the administration mourn his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Lisa and the entire Best family at this difficult time.”