PCMA Congratulates New Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra

(Washington, D.C.) — Pharmaceutical Care Management Association President and CEO JC Scott released the following statement on incoming Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

“The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, representing America’s pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), congratulates the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra.

We look forward to working with Secretary Becerra as we all pull together to end the COVID pandemic. PBMs have stayed focused on helping Americans maintain access to their prescription medications and facilitating the drive for vaccinations.

PBMs remain committed to working with HHS, the Biden Administration and Congress to lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries and all Americans. The central mission for PBMs is to increase access to affordable drugs and high-quality pharmacy care for patients.

We appreciate the Secretary’s recent acknowledgment that the rebate rule was ‘rushed’ by the prior Administration, and we welcome the Biden Administration’s delaying and reviewing the rule. With more than 45 million Medicare beneficiaries facing significantly higher premiums if the rebate rule is allowed to take effect, PBMs urge the Administration and Congress to permanently revoke the entire rule.”


 PCMA is the national association representing America’s pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).  PBMs administer prescription drug plans for more than 266 million Americans who have health insurance from a variety of sponsors including:  commercial health plans, self-insured employer plans, union plans, Medicare Part D plans, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), state government employee plans, Medicaid plans, and others.