Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

  • Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

"We have so much work to be done, and I can't wait to begin", Verma said after she was sworn in by VP Pence.

Pence played a large part in endorsing Verma for the post.

Verma, a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from India, takes over at CMS as a House Republican health care bill backed by Trump would make sweeping changes to the agency.

At her hearing, Verma faced scrutiny from Senate members for her Medicaid redesign in IN, which uses financial rewards and penalties to encourage patients away from emergency rooms and towards primary-care providers.

LeadingAge Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Health Services Cheryl Phillips, M.D., said her group is anticipating working with Verma on both Medicare and Medicaid challenges "as we seek to find solutions for improving the care of older persons and those with disabilities across the continuum of care and services".

"Through her work at an essential hospital, Ms. Verma has firsthand experience with health care for low-income and other vulnerable people". In May 2013, Judge Srikanth Srinivasan was confirmed by a 97-0 vote to sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 2nd highest court in the country; In May 2014, Manish Shah was confirmed unanimously for the federal bench in IL, followed by Judge Indira Talwani who was confirmed by a 94-0 for the 1st Circuit Court bench. Which makes it amply evident that Verma's appointment was driven not only by ideology but also by the critical position she occupies running a massive system that enrolls more than 100 million Americans.

Her vote was, however, opposed by many Democrats, the most prominent among them being fellow Indian-American senator Kamala Harris.

Verma, who largely skirted questions during her confirmation hearing about her opinions on Medicaid and Medicare reform, as well as value-based reimbursement models and programs such as meaningful use, had worked on the Healthy Indiana project while Vice President Mike Pence was governor of that state.

She was the lightning rod for opposition to the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare", which was one of former President Barack Obama's signature achievements.

Verma has a tough job ahead.

A study of the Republican healthcare measure released on Monday by the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office found that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year if the program is approved.

In a 55-43 vote that saw some Democratic crossover, the Senate confirmed Verma on Monday evening.

"Ms Verma's knowledge and leadership abilities will serve the American people well at CMS, an agency that touches the lives of millions every day".