Senate Confirmation Hearing for CMS Administrator
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing for Seema Verma's nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Feb. 16. Verma, president, CEO and founder of consulting firm SVC Inc., is credited as the architect of Indiana's Medicaid expansion, which includes several conservative elements such as cost sharing.
Verma is likely to be confirmed by the Senate. She will take the helm at a time when a Republican-led government is vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no clear timetable, placing Medicaid expansions like the one she helped to steer in question. The GOP is also eyeing plans to overhaul Medicaid with financing proposals such as lump-sum block grants.
Verma's career has seen her design Medicaid expansion waivers in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and help implement a shift to managed care in Iowa, according to her SVC biography. And she played a crucial role in crafting Indiana's first-of-its-kind proposal, the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, under then-Gov. (now Vice President) Mike Pence.
By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
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