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A former Indiana governor and small-town doctor was nominated by President Reagan last week to head the Department of Health and Human Services. If the Senate confirms the appointment of Otis R. Bowen, 67, he will administer a $316 billion budget and about 130,000 employees. The federal department includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Currently an Indiana University School of Medicine professor, Bowen has served on a number of federal advisory committees. In that capacity he recommended an increase in federal alcohol and tobacco taxes to bolster Medicare. If appointed, Bowen would replace Margaret M. Heckler, whom Reagan has nominated to be ambassador to Ireland.
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Title Annotation:Department of Health and Human Services, Otis R. Bowen
Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 16, 1985
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