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Seema Verma: A Healthy Choice To Lead CMS

- February 17, 2017

 

President Trump's Pick Of Seema Verma To Lead The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services Received Widespread Praise During Her Confirmation Hearing And A Warm Reception From Healthcare Stakeholders In The Private Sector

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • President Trump's choice of Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has received widespread praise because of her innovative business capabilities, decades of private sector experience, and a deep understanding of healthcare policy.
  • Several officials in the public and private sectors stated that the choice of Verma could finally bring true healthcare reform that provides accessible and affordable healthcare "for the benefit of all Americans."
  • Multiple elected officials have praised the choice of Verma, one senator stated Verma "is the right person" to lead CMS while another noted "President Trump could not have made a better choice," and the governors of twenty states endorsed Verma in a letter.

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In Nominating Seema Verma To Lead The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, President-Elect Trump Cited Verma's "Decades Of Experience" And Stated She Will Be Part Of "The Dream Team That Will Transform Our Healthcare System For The Benefit Of All Americans." "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." (Press Release, "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Intends To Nominate Congressman Tom Price As Secretary Of Health And Human Services And Seema Verma As Administrator Of The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services," Presidential Transition Team , 11/29/16)

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CMS ADMINISTRATOR NOMINEE SEEMA VERMA BEFORE, DURING, AND AT YESTERDAY'S HEARING

Top Highlights Of Yesterday's Hearing

Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT): Seema Verma Is "The Right Person" To Be CMS Administrator." (Sen. Orrin Hatch, Hearing , Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Senator Todd Young (R-IN): "President Trump Could Not Have Made A Better Choice For CMS With Seema Verma." (Sen. Todd Young, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN): Seema Verma Has Played A "Critical Role" In Fighting Indiana's Opioid Crisis. (Sen. Joe Donnelly, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Seema Verma: Committed To Making Healthcare "Affordable" And "Accessible." (Seema Verma, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Seema Verma: "Patients And Their Doctors Should Be Making Decisions About Their Healthcare, Not The Federal Government." (Seema Verma, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Seema Verma: "I Am Extremely Humbled, As A First Generation American…[My Nomination] Is A Testament That The American Dream Is Very Much Alive For Those Willing To Work For It." (Seema Verma, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Seema Verma: "I Have Fought For Better Coverage, Better Outcomes, For Vulnerable Populations My Entire Career." (Seema Verma, Hearing , Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Seema Verma: "Honesty And Integrity" Are "Part Of My Personal Philosophy." (Seema Verma, Hearing, Senate Committee On Finance, 2/16/17)

Over The Couse Of The Hearing, Praise Of Verma Poured In

The Governors Of Twenty States And One Territory Endorsed Verma Calling Her An "An Inspired Choice" With "Decades Of Experience." ( Twenty-One Governors, Letter To Senator Orrin Hatch, 2/15/17 )

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Offered His "Unequivocal Endorsement" Of Verma. "I want to offer my unequivocal endorsement of #SeemaVerma to serve in the position of Administrator of CMS." (Governor Matt Bevin, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

  • Governor Bevin Applauded Verma's "Understanding Of Medicaid From The State's Perspective." "I am especially appreciative of her understanding of Medicaid from the state's perspective." (Governor Matt Bevin, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

The Republican Governors Association Praised Verma As A "Skillful Leader Who Has A Long Range Of Experience Working With Governors And States To Reform Healthcare." "Seema Verma is a skillful leader who has a long range of experience working with governors and states to reform healthcare." (The Republican Governors Association, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

  • The Republican Governors Association Lauded Verma's "Commitment To State Flexibility." "Seema Verma's commitment to state flexibility in Medicaid is a needed and welcomed change." (The Republican Governors Association, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

A Broad Array Of Support And Praise For Verma Has Been Rolling In For Weeks

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Touted Verma's "Reputation Of Excellence." "She has a reputation of excellence and was the architect in Indiana's Medicaid expansion." (Press Release, "Senator Alexander Meets With Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services Administrator Nominee Seema Verma," Office Of Senator Lamar Alexander , 1/12/17)

Former Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) Stated "Verma's Leadership And Success With Health Care Reform In Indiana Makes Her A Highly-Qualified Appointment… Her Knowledge Of The Intricacies Of Our Health Care System Will Be An Invaluable Asset." "Ms. Verma's leadership and success with health care reform in Indiana makes her a highly-qualified appointment to the Trump Administration. Her knowledge of the intricacies of our health care system will be an invaluable asset." (Press Release, "Sen. Coats Congratulates Seema Verma On Nomination For CMS Administrator," Office Of Senator Dan Coats , 11/30/16)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Praised Verma Saying Her "Strong Health Policy Background Will Benefit The [Healthcare] Reform Effort At CMS." "Verma's strong health policy background will benefit the reform effort at CMS, a mammoth agency whose responsibilities ballooned under President Obama and his health law." (Press Release, "Hatch Statement On Announcement Of Intent To Nominate Rep. Tom Price To Head HHS And Seema Verma To Lead CMS," Office Of Senator Orrin Hatch , 11/29/16)

  • Senator Hatch Also Noted Verma "Recognize[s]…The Need For Congress And The Executive Branch To Work Together To Develop Better Ways To Shore Up These Programs And Help Guarantee They Are Here For Our Children And Grandchildren." "Each recognize the fiscal challenges facing Medicare and Medicaid and the need for Congress and the Executive Branch to work together to develop better ways to shore up these programs and help guarantee they are here for our children and grandchildren." (Press Release, "Hatch Statement On Announcement Of Intent To Nominate Rep. Tom Price To Head HHS And Seema Verma To Lead CMS," Office Of Senator Orrin Hatch , 11/29/16)

Congresswoman Sue Brooks (R-IN) Stated Verma Is An "Outstanding Choice" And Expressed Her Confidence That Verma Will Bring "Proven, Consumer-Driven Solutions To Her Work As CMS Administrator." "Seema Verma is an outstanding choice to lead CMS, and I'm delighted that she can bring her experience and expertise to the table for the Trump Administration. I'm confident that Ms. Verma will bring the same kind of proven, consumer-driven solutions to her work as CMS Administrator." (Press Release, "Brooks Statement On Nomination Of Seema Verma To Serve As CMS Administrator," Office Of Representative Sue Brooks , 11/29/16)

Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN) Said Verma's "Experience…And Understanding Of Our Healthcare System Will Undoubtedly Be An Asset To The New Administration." "Her experience with HIP 2.0 and understanding of our healthcare system will undoubtedly be an asset to the new Administration." (Press Release, "Dr. Bucshon's Statement On President-Elect Trump's Healthcare Related Nominations," Office Of Representative Larry Bucshon , 11/29/16)

Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) Said The Selection Of Verma Shows "President-Elect Trump Is Serious About Creating Real Health Care Solutions That Will Help Families, Not Hurt Them." "The selection of Chairman Tom Price to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that the President-elect Trump is serious about creating real health care solutions that will help families, not hurt them." (Press Release, "Guthrie Statement On Nomination Of HHS Leaders," Office Of Representative Brett Guthrie , 11/29/16)

State Representative Charlie Brown (D-IN) Noted Verma Is "Very Resourceful And Intelligent." "'She's very resourceful and intelligent,' said Brown." (Jake Harper, "Trump's Pick To Run Medicare And Medicaid Has Red State Policy Chops," Kaiser Health News , 11/29/16)

Five Former Heads Of The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services Endorsed Verma's Nomination. "For these reasons, most importantly for the over 100 million Americans served by CMS and for American taxpayers, we support Verma's confirmation as soon as possible." (Mark McClellan, Leslie Norwalk, Bill Roper, Tom Scully, and Gail Wilensky, Op-Ed, "Seema Verma Will Be A Successful CMS Administrator," The Hill , 2/16/17)

  • The Five Noted That Verma "Has The Kind Of Health Policy Leadership Experience Needed." "Verma has the kind of health policy leadership experience needed to carry out these essential responsibilities." (Mark McClellan, Leslie Norwalk, Bill Roper, Tom Scully, and Gail Wilensky, Op-Ed, "Seema Verma Will Be A Successful CMS Administrator," The Hill , 2/16/17)

The Presidents Of Ascension Health And St. Vincent's Health, Dr. Anthony Tersigni And Jonathan Nalli, Expressed Approval Of Verma Noting That She Is "An Innovator Able To Cut Through The Partisan Divide, Fight For Patients And Deliver Results That Make Healthcare Accessible And Far More Affordable." "Seema Verma has made it her life's work to advocate for these patients, and her track record of success in Indiana makes her precisely the type of leader we need at the national level: an innovator able to cut through the partisan divide, fight for patients and deliver results that make healthcare accessible and far more affordable." (Dr. Anthony R. Tersigni and Jonathan S. Nalli, "Seema Verma: A Track Record Of Delivering For Patients," Becker's Hospital Review , 1/24/17)

  • Dr. Tersigni And Nalli Also State That Based On Her Reputation In Indiana, Verma Will "Bring A Fresh Perspective That Can Do For The Nation What She's Done For Our Patients." "If her reputation in Indiana is any indication, Ms. Verma will bring a fresh perspective that can do for the nation what she's done for our patients." (Dr. Anthony R. Tersigni and Jonathan S. Nalli, "Seema Verma: A Track Record Of Delivering For Patients," Becker's Hospital Review , 1/24/17)

Kaiser Health News: "Verma Comes To The Job With Extensive Medicaid Experience." "Verma comes to the job with extensive Medicaid experience." (Jake Harper, "Trump's Pick To Run Medicare And Medicaid Has Red State Policy Chops," Kaiser Health News , 11/29/16)

The American Society For Radiation Oncology: "We Commend The Nomination Of Seema Verma As CMS Administrator." "Likewise, we commend the nomination of Seema Verma as CMS Administrator." (Press Release, "ASTRO Applauds Nominations Of Tom Price And Seema Verma To Top Federal Health Posts," The American Society For Radiation Oncology , 11/29/16)

The American Hospital Association: "Her Experience…Gives Her A Deep Understanding Of The Importance Of Health Care Coverage… [And] Will Be Valuable At The National Level." Her experience with the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 gives her a deep understanding of the importance of health care coverage for the patients served by hospital and health systems. She has used innovative models in Indiana to expand coverage for patients and that expertise will be valuable at the national level." (Press Release, "Statement On The Nomination Of Seema Verma As Administrator Of The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services," The American Hospital Association , 11/29/16)


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