Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Justin Greene
March 16, 2017

Ms. Verma, who worked with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to design a Medicaid expansion there, was confirmed by a 55-43 vote, mostly along party lines.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin which represents more than 60,000 physicians, welcomed Verma's appointment. A former healthcare policy consultant with both private sector and government experience, Verma will manage the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and play a key role in President Trump's plan of overhauling the Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.

"Today, our healthcare stands at a crossroads, and we have no choice but reform it", Verma said. I am honored to be part of this critical effort.

According to a report in NDTV, Verma, President, CEO and founder of SVC Inc., a U.S. health policy consulting company, has worked for over 20 years in healthcare policy and redesigned Medicaid programs in several states, including Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Kentucky.

Maribeth Bersani, chief operating officer and senior vice president of public policy for Argentum, previously noted that Verma "has experience working with vulnerable populations and a deep familiarity with challenges and opportunities surrounding Medicaid, home- and community-based services and our nation's aging seniors".

One of the most controversial measures would be adding a work requirement, with the goal of helping them rise out of poverty, Price and Verma said. At her confirmation hearing earlier this month, Verma sidestepped the question of whether she would favor a nationwide extension of the unusual Medicaid provisions she helped Indiana's program secure.

Her work on Medicaid in the Hoosier State was also noted by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who said Verma there "made millions of dollars in consulting fees by kicking poor, working people off of Medicaid for failure to pay monthly contributions similar to premiums", the New York Times wrote. Even as she was being confirmed and sworn-in, the Congressional Budget Office, considered a non-partisan body, estimated that the first tranche of the GOP's American Healthcare Bill, for "repealing and replacing" Obamacare, would leave 14 million people uninsured in 2018 and 24 million by 2026.

Verma will head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is slated for sweeping changes under the House Republican health care bill backed by Trump.

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