Corsi appointment as DHHS CEO approved after lengthy debate

Corsi appointment as DHHS CEO approved after lengthy debate
Dr. Steve Corsi, CEO of Nebraska DHHS (photo courtesy WYCC)
March 25th, 2024 | Scott Miller

The nomination of Dr. Steve Corsi to lead the Nebraska Department of Health and Human services has been confirmed, but not without some criticism from some in the Legislature.

During debate on the committee report recommending Corsi’s approval as CEO of DHHS, several lawmakers questioned whether the appointment was proper.

Omaha Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh was among those opposed, saying she started hearing from concerned DHHS employees immediately after his hearing before the Health and Human Services Committee.

“The overarching theme of these concerns came from individuals who are part of various minority populations and how they perceive their interactions with Dr. Corsi,” said Cavanaugh. “And I will say that they were not appropriate as represented to me and cause for a great deal of concern.”

Committee Chair Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair said it was important to air out concerns, but he became more comfortable with Corsi’s nomination after testimony at the confirmation hearing. “I think he’s done a great job of open communication, which I think in a role such as his is sometimes difficult to find. Then, his ability to make sure his staff and himself are available when needed by the committee. And I think what he has done in his previous work, I think bodes well in his ability to run DHHS,” Hansen said.

After consuming debate during the entire morning session, the committee report on the nomination was approved 28-8.


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