Consultant work beckons for former HHS boss

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson will join Deloitte & Touches USA LLP and the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, as a healthcare consultant.

Thompson's main focus as he joins Deloitte will be to establish a practice that focuses on addressing the numerous healthcare issues facing insurers, state governments and employers. He will provide regulation and policy advice at the law firm to clients from the healthcare sector, including nursing homes.

Thompson, who served as secretary during President Bush's first term, has said that in his new consultant role, he hopes to encourage employers to improve healthcare benefits to employees and explore ways to reduce the number of people without healthcare coverage.