Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seema Verma Nomination Supported By Senate Committee

Drew Thies

Seema Verma received the Senate Finance Committee’s recommendation to become Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today (CMS), the final step before she receives consideration by the full Senate.

Committee members voted 15-11 to pass Verma's nomination to the full Senate.

The vote was initially stalled, as some Senators voted by proxy and the present votes tied at 9-9. The proxy votes indicate, however, that Verma will have support of the committee when Senators reconvene.

As Director of CMS, Verma will report to Dr. Tom Price, who was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services last month.

Verma is formerly the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., an Indiana-based consulting firm that worked with Vice President 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.”

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