Raimondo to nominate Roberts as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, left, and Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo at a press conference on Dec. 7, 2014.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Governor-elect Raimondo will nominate current Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts as the next Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Raimondo’s office issued a news release Sunday morning acknowledging Roberts’ leadership on healthcare issues in Rhode Island during her tenure as Lieutenant Governor.

“The Lieutenant Governor’s years of experience working on various health and human services issues, coupled with her unwavering dedication to making our state stronger, makes her the best choice to lead this office,” Raimondo said.

Roberts, a State Senator from 1997 to 2007, helped create the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner and backed several efforts to reform and regulate health care in Rhode Island.

During her second term as Lieutenant Governor, Roberts was installed as the Chair of the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission, which was tasked with overseeing the state’s health benefits exchange and streamlining access to healthcare.

“I am honored to be joining the Raimondo administration and look forward to rolling up my sleeves to make sure Rhode Islanders of all ages have access to the quality services they deserve,” Roberts said. “Once confirmed, I will focus on how to improve our delivery systems across all agencies to make sure we are providing the best care, while reassessing our cost structures and contracts.  I look forward to serving on the team that will advance Governor-elect Raimondo’s vision for ensuring a healthy future for Rhode Islanders and a healthy economy for our state.”

If confirmed by the General Assembly, Roberts would succeed current Secretary Steven M. Costantino.

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