01/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2021 21:30
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Xavier Becerra, the current Attorney General of California and President-elect Biden's nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Attorney General Becerra's nomination will come before the Senate Finance Committee, of which Senator Cortez Masto is a member.
'With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting communities of color, HHS will play a vital role in ensuring we have an equitable plan for distributing vaccine and resources. In my discussion with Attorney General Becerra, we talked about the need to protect affordable health care, including expanding mental health resources, strengthening the Indian Health Service, and building our health care provider workforce in Nevada's rural and disadvantaged communities. I will continue to review Attorney General Becerra's record and advocate for Nevada's priorities with the incoming administration.'
Senator Cortez Masto has long prioritized improving mental health services for Nevadans. She has worked to expand behavioral health crisis services and peer support resources, especially as communities across the U.S. face the twin public health and economic crises of COVID-19. The Senator has introduced the following legislation: