Governor Brown appointed NGA Health and Human Services Committee Vice Chair

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that Governor Kate Brown will serve as the Health and Human Services Committee (HHS) vice chair in 2017-2018. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will serve as chair.

“Oregon has been a nationwide leader in expanding access to health care and bending the cost curve, and I am proud to bring this experience to the HHS,” Governor Brown said. “I look forward working with Governor Baker and the committee to advocate for bipartisan solutions that will provide certainty to families, stabilize the insurance market, and protect families against rollbacks of the tremendous progress we have made as a country.”

HHS is responsible for ensuring governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal health care policy. The committee addresses issues such as Medicaid, and federal-state safety net programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other social services.

NGA provides a bipartisan forum for governors to exchange views, share best practices, and identify priority issues. Committees are a forum for governors to establish bipartisan positions on key federal policies and develop innovative solutions to state policy challenges.