WASHINGTON, D.C.(January 24, 2018)—The Senate confirmed the nomination of Alex Azar as head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.

The Senate voted 55–43 in favor of Azar’s appointment.

Azar is a veteran of HHS, having served for two years as the deputy secretary, and prior to that as general counsel of the department. From 2012–2017, Azar was head of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare said of the appointment, “AAHomecare and the home medical equipment community look forward to working with Secretary Azar to make sure that our nation’s seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals with chronic conditions have access to HME products and services that can keep them at home with their families and principal caregivers.”