Statement of Commissioner Lara on the Confirmation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
News: 2021 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services Secretary:
“Secretary Becerra will expand Americans’ access to health care, drawing on his experience in California protecting important laws to increase the number of people with health care to a record high prior to the COVID pandemic. As someone who grew up without the security of regular doctor visits or reliable health care, I know first-hand the challenges still blocking our way. I will continue to stand with President Biden and Secretary Becerra in defending the Affordable Care Act and promoting innovative ways for working families and immigrant communities to have access to affordable and equitable coverage. I offer my congratulations on his confirmation and my ongoing commitment to our shared goals.”
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Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at www.insurance.ca.gov via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.