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Debra Bogen Nears Confirmation as Secretary of Health

Debra Bogen, after serving 18 months as acting secretary of health, is advancing towards confirmation as secretary of health. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee recently voted to recommend her for the role, progressing her nomination to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. A Senate floor vote, requiring a two-thirds majority for confirmation, will follow.

During her tenure as acting secretary, Bogen has focused on enhancing the Department of Health, improving relationships with state EMS agencies, and fostering collaborations on rural health issues. She has also been active in addressing the commonwealth’s opioid crisis with a health-centric approach. Her nomination, initially recalled by Gov. Josh Shapiro in June 2023 due to lack of Republican support, reflects her commitment to working with legislators and implementing state laws effectively.

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