HHS Official Visits Choctaw

By: George McDonald
By: George McDonald

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deputy secretary Claude Allen visited the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians Monday.

Allen toured several of the Tribe's health care facilities, including the Elderly Activity Center, Head Start and Early Head Start Centers along with the Choctaw Residential and Health Centers.

Allen said the tour will show the impact of his department as the tribe continues to expand access to quality health care and child care programs and applauded the Tribe's efforts.

The number 2 man in HHS and chief operating officer at the U.S. Department of Human Services, Secretary Allen, said he's hopeful that the new nominee for the department's top position will receive a speedy confirmation.

President Bush has chosen EPA administrator Mike Leavitt to be his second-term secretary of Health and Human Services. Leavitt was just named to the environmental post last year after 11 years as governor of Utah.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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