Thursday, January 08, 2009

Nomination of Tom Daschle as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

All – HIMSS has arranged for you to personally add your support for Senator Tom Daschle to be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As you know, this past Tuesday, the 111th Congress was sworn in and legislators are hitting the ground running. Confirmation hearings of the Secretary-Designates have begun, including hearings for Secretary-Designate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Daschle.

HIMSS has sent formal letters of support to the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee who will both hold hearings on Senator Daschle’s confirmation. The Senate HELP Committee’s hearing is today and then Senate Finance Committee will hold their hearing next. Senate Finance Committee will then send the confirmation recommendation to the full Senate for a floor vote.

I'd like to encourage all of the to encourage each of our HIMSS members to electronically send a personal letter of support to your United States Senators and local media supporting the nomination of Senator Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS. You can use our award-winning HIMSS legislative action center as your personalized electronic tool to help you communicate directly with your elected officials.

Just go to: and click to go to the Legislative Action Center. All you need is your zip code to get started. A letter has been drafted for you that you can personalize if you choose. Thanks for taking action today and encourage all your colleagues to take action also.

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