The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) on Dec. 8 congratulated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on his appointment to be the nation’s next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in President-elect Joseph Biden’s administration.  “AHCA/NCAL extends our congratulations to Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his nomination to serve as HHS secretary under President-elect Biden’s administration. We have valued our conversations with him when he served in Congress and now as attorney general of California, and we look forward to an open dialogue in his new role, once confirmed,” the association said. In addition, AHCA/NCAL said given the tremendous tragedy and challenges the long term care profession has faced this year, it hopes to work with Becerra on ensuring that long term care is regarded as a pivotal part of the U.S. health care system and prioritized for ongoing resources in order to battle COVID-19.“When we get through this, we hope to have a national discussion with HHS and other stakeholders about how we can learn from this experience and properly support long term care facilities as we prepare for a rapidly growing elderly population,” AHCA/NCAL said.   For more information, visit www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus.