Governor announces nominee to replace Health Secretary Levine

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is nominating Alison Beam, his deputy chief of staff, to replace Dr. Rachel Levine as state health secretary.

Beam is stepping in as acting secretary while she awaits confirmation by the state Senate.

Levine was tapped by President Joe Biden earlier this week to be the U.S. assistant health secretary.

Wolf said Beam has helped coordinate the administration’s COVID-19 response. She’s also worked on the rollout of the state’s insurance marketplace and Wolf’s health care reform plan.

Before joining the governor’s office, Beam was chief of staff to the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner and was director of public policy for Independence Health Group in Philadelphia.

Wolf also named the Department of Health’s COVID-19 response director, Dr. Wendy Braund, as acting physician general, a role also previously held by Levine.

Both will assume their roles starting Saturday.