HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Senate Confirmation of Sherry Glied as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Jim Esquea as Assistant Secretary for Legislation

WASHINGTON--()--HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that, today, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Sherry Glied as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Jim Esquea as Assistant Secretary for Legislation.

“Sherry Glied brings extensive experience in a number of health policy fields, notably health care financing and mental health policy research,” said Secretary Sebelius. “She is one of the most-respected health policy experts in the country and will play a critical role in policy development at HHS.”

“We are also excited to benefit from the wealth of expertise Jim Esquea has built during his time working on income security and Medicaid issues for the Senate Budget Committee,” said Secretary Sebelius. “With his knowledge of the programs we administer at HHS and his keen understanding of the legislative process, he will be a great resource.”

"I am delighted that the Senate has confirmed these two capable and dedicated leaders. I also want to take this opportunity to commend the diligent staff of both the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation for their tireless work on behalf of the American people during these past months.”

Sherry Glied, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sherry Glied is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She has extensive experience in health care financing and mental health policy research. From 1992-1993, she served as a Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy in the President's Council of Economic Advisers, under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She was a participant in President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, and headed working groups on global budgets and on the economic impacts of the health plan. Her book on health care reform, Chronic Condition, was published by Harvard University Press in January 1998.

Glied also has substantial experience in mental health policy, particularly around issues of child and adolescent mental health policy and financing. She is a co-author of Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. Since 1950, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in July 2006. Glied holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Jim R. Esquea, Assistant Secretary for Legislation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jim Esquea has been the analyst for Income Security and Medicaid for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. With the Committee since 1999, he has covered issues ranging from veterans affairs and justice programs to child welfare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, supplemental nutrition assistance, public housing, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other health programs.

Before working for the Budget Committee, Mr. Esquea worked in the health division focusing on the Food and Drug Administration for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1994 to 1999 under the Clinton Administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.

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