Governor Tom Wolf announced today that he will name Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to become the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the merged department Wolf proposed earlier this year to consolidate Departments of Aging; Drug and Alcohol Programs; Health; and Human Services.
The move ends the questions of which department head would take over the merged department.
“She embodies the best of public service – effectively working across the aisle and state lines – to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better and more secure. It is my honor to ask her to be the inaugural leader of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services,” Wolf said in a release announcing the pick.
“This will be a chance for me to continue working on issues I have been passionate about, in some cases for more than seventeen years, and issues that are top priorities for this governor,” Miller said in the release.
Miller has served as Insurance Commissioner since January 2015. Prior to that she served in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In the release, Wolf touted Miller’s work on the the opioid epidemic and helping senior citizens.
“Early in the administration, I worked closely with the governor to protect seniors who faced the loss of access to their doctors in Western Pennsylvania,” Miller said.