Another Hoosier Health Leader Could Be Headed To D.C.

Oct 18, 2017

There are reports a former Eli Lilly leader tops the list of names President Donald Trump is considering to fill the position of Health and Human Services Secretary. Alex Azar would replace Tom Price, who left the job last month after a private plane scandal.

Azar would the take over the country’s highest health position if chosen, following a string of others leaving Indiana for the U.S. government’s health sector.

Seema Verma, who helped design Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program, currently leads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. And former State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams became Surgeon General in August.

Azar spent a decade at Eli Lilly, half of that time as president before he stepped down to run his own consulting firm. Originally from Maryland, Azar was an HHS deputy secretary under President George W. Bush.

He has been outspoken about the need to lower drug prices, a topic being pressed by President Trump.