President-elect Donald Trump picks Seema Verma to serve as CMS administrator — 4 key points

Written by Mary Rechtoris | November 29, 2016 | Print  |

President-elect Donald Trump selected Seema Verma to head CMS as administrator, according to Politico.

Here are four key points:

1. An Indiana resident, Ms. Verma played an active role in vice president-elect Mike Pence's ACA Medicaid expansion model, Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

2. Ms. Verma is the founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based SVC, a health policy consulting firm. As head of SVC, Ms. Verma has been charged with helping other leading Republican legislators on Medicaid expansion proposals.

3. She is equipped with more than two decades of experience in policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance and public health.

4. Previously, she was the vice president of planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County in Indianapolis as well as director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, D.C.

"I am pleased to nominate Seema Verma to serve as administrator of the CMS," said President-elect Trump in a statement. "She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans."

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