The state Senate unanimously approved Tony Keck to direct the Department of Health and Human Services. Ashley Byrd has this report on what is ahead for him:
Haley has suggested a 10 percent cut in reimbursements to health care providers, which would follow the legislature’s loosening of restrictions for Keck to set his own agency’s rates.
Haley released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Keck :
I’d like to thank the Senate, and its Medical Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Harvey Peeler, for moving swiftly to confirm Tony Keck. Tony’s confirmation is a win for South Carolina. He is one of the brightest health care minds in the country, and we’re on the same page when it comes to fighting for health care reform that serves taxpayers without compromising quality of care.
Keck served under Governor Bobby Jindal as Deputy Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) and served as Interim Secretary of Louisiana’s DHH briefly.