Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trump Nominates HHS, CMS Heads

Drew Thies

President-Elect Donald Trump announced his picks to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week.

Trump picked Representative Tom Price, a six-term congressman from Georgia, to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services, the nation’s top health position.

Rep. Price is a former orthopedic surgeon and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. He also serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which controls Medicare policy.

AHCA/NCAL CEO and President Mark Parkinson said of Rep. Price in a statement, “Chairman Price is known throughout the country not only for his medical expertise, but also his breadth of policy when it comes to the nation’s health care system.”

Trump also selected health care consultant Seema Verma to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The head of CMS reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., an Indiana-based consulting firm that worked with Vice President-elect Mike Pence when he was governor to expand Medicaid in the state. Verma has also worked with many other Republican governors to create Medicaid programs palatable to conservatives.

NCAL Executive Director, Scott Tittle, who worked with Verma in his previous capacity as President of the Indiana Health Care Association, said in a statement, “She has always demonstrated a very thoughtful and collaborative approach to complex health care policy, and I'm excited to see my friend and fellow Hoosier bring this approach to the national level.”

Both Rep. Price and Verma will have to be confirmed by the Senate in order to officially take their posts. Confirmation hearings will occur once Trump is sworn into office in January.

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