NPC: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to address Headliners luncheon, Oct. 26
Becerra, the first Latino to serve as HHS secretary, has set a broad agenda that includes ending the pandemic, reducing healthcare costs, expanding access to care, tackling health disparities and strengthening behavioral health. Wharton Club members & guests are invited!
- Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will address a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Thursday Oct. 26.
- Becerra, the first Latino to serve as HHS secretary, has set a broad agenda that includes ending the pandemic, reducing healthcare costs, expanding access to care, tackling health disparities and strengthening behavioral health. HHS is also tasked with implementation of the health care provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, including the Medicare drug price negotiations. The law also caps out-of-pocket spending at $35 per month for a supply of insulin covered under Medicare.
- Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
- The Headliners event begins with lunch in the Club ballroom at 12:30 p.m. Remarks begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m.
- As secretary of HHS, Becerra runs the largest federal department with a budget of about $130 billion in discretionary authority and $1.7 trillion in mandatory authority. Its scope includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which manages Medicare coverage for more than 60 million seniors and persons with disabilities. CMS also runs the Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which enroll nearly 90 million Americans with annual program costs of nearly $650 billion.
- HHS also manages the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Administration for Children and Families, among other agencies and administrations.
- Before becoming HHS secretary, Becerra served 12 terms in Congress where he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the ranking member on the Subcommittees on Health and Social Security.
- Wharton Club Members:
- Lifetime & President's Club Members: You may purchase tickets for yourself and up to 3 guests:
- Other Wharton Club members: May purchase ticket for yourself and one guest
- All tickets cost $45/person for you and your guests.