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Seema Verma Confirmed as Director of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Director Seema Verma

Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 — The Senate on Monday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee, Seema Verma, to serve as the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma.

Verma was confirmed 55-43 in the Senate Monday evening.

During her confirmation hearings, Verma said that she does not support turning Medicare, the government’s program for adults over 65 and people with disabilities, into a voucher plan in which people would select coverage from private health insurance companies.

The approach has been endorsed by members of the Republican leadership who say Medicare is not a sustainable program.

In addressing other questions regarding her position on health care reform, Verma would not say whether she would support a provision that allows the government to negotiate drug prices and said she supported the idea of making maternity coverage optional for women when they select health plans.

Verma a protégé of Vice President Mike Pence, after designing a Medicaid expansion along conservative lines for Indiana when he was governor.

Her consulting business has about a dozen staffers, and if confirmed, she would run an agency with nearly 6,500 employees.

One of Verma’s new roles will involve acting as a liaison to the states as Republicans try to move their “repeal and replace” legislation through Congress.