Senate Confirms Verma to Head CMS
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 07:26 AM

News bite:  The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Verma is called the "godmother" of Medicaid reform for her work on Indiana's Medicaid expansion program.


The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Verma is called the "godmother" of Medicaid reform for her work on Indiana's Medicaid expansion program, known as the Healthy Indiana Program. Under that program, beneficiaries are enrolled in a health plan with a $2,500 deductible, and also receive a health savings account with $2,500, which they use to pay for care until their deductible is met. They also are required to contribute to the savings account to help pay for their care; those who fail to deposit any money over a 60-day period are terminated from the program.

Some medical groups praised the new administrator. “Seema Verma is a problem solver who has been successful at developing and sustaining coverage programs for low income Americans that have been both life savers for Medicaid recipients while cost effective for taxpayers," said Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, in a statement. “I am confident she will approach her new role with the quest to do the right thing, as she has done for her entire career - bringing people together to improve health care quality and access for our families and patients."


Source:  https://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/Medicare/63810