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Capitol Correspondence - 03.19.17

Verma Confirmed to Lead CMS

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On March 13, Seema Verma was confirmed (55 to 43) by the Senate to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma was previously in private practice as a health care consultant who assisted Indiana and other states in designing their Medicaid systems. Unlike recent past CMS administrators, Verma has significant experience in the Medicaid field. (For more information, see WICs article, “Verma Inches Closer to Confirmation as CMS Administrator,” March 3, 2017.)
 
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released a statement after the confirmation, saying, “Congratulations to Seema Verma on being confirmed to lead CMS—she’s the perfect person for this job. Seema has more than two decades of hands-on health care experience—including leading Indiana’s work to modernize its Medicaid program. I look forward to working with her to return control of health care back to states and give patients across America more control over their own care. President Trump has clearly put together a talented leadership team of health care advisors, and I’m confident that together we can deliver on our promise of lower costs, more choices, and greater access for individuals and families.”