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Trump Names Healthcare Consultant Seema Verma to Head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Seema Verma

Seema Verma

Washington, DC, November 29, 2016 — Politico today reports that President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning picked the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm, Seema Verma, to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“I am pleased to nominate Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” said President-elect Trump in a statement.

Trump continued, “She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems.  Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans.”

Ms. Verma said, “I am honored to be nominated by President-elect Trump today.  I look forward to helping him tackle our nation’s daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way.”

According to Ms. Verma’s bio, she is the President and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company.

For over 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governor’s offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

Ms. Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states.

Ms. Verma is the architect the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal.

Ms. Verma has supported Indiana through development of the historic program since its inception in 2007, from development of the enabling legislation, negotiating the financing plan with the state’s hospital association, developing the federal waiver, supporting federal negotiations and leading the implementation of the program, including the operational design.

SVC and Ms. Verma have developed many of the recent Medicaid reform programs, including waivers for Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and helped design Tennessee’s coverage expansion proposal and also provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implemented their 1115 Medicaid waiver.

Ms. Verma and SVC also supported Iowa’s Medicaid transition to managed care, as well as supporting efforts Medicaid strategy efforts in Maine.

Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and has worked with multiple public health agencies and state insurance agencies as they prepared for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including interpreting and implementing regulatory changes and understanding the impact of the health exchanges on state insurance markets.

Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor’s Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform and contributed to the development of the report “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future.”

She provided testimony to the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and presented to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Medicaid Task Force. Ms.

Verma is a graduate of the Lugar Series Excellence in Public Service and in 2016, Governor Mike Pence awarded Ms. Verma the Sagamore of the Wabash. Additionally, Ms. Verma was recently selected to participate in the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C.

Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health with concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.