Evers names Obama official to head Wisconsin health agency

Gov.-elect Tony Evers is naming a former Obama administration official to head the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Evers’ transition team said Thursday that Andrea Palm is his pick to serve as secretary of the department with a $12 billion annual budget that oversees the state’s Medicaid and other public benefits programs.

Evers was to officially announce Palm’s appointment at a news conference Thursday where he was to name other Cabinet secretaries. Evers takes over for Gov. Scott Walker on Monday.

Palm is originally from New York state. She most recently served as senior counselor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, she worked five years as a health policy adviser to then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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