Seema Verma has been confirmed by the Senate to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with a 55-43 vote. Verma is known for her work as former owner of a healthcare consulting firm in Indiana, SVC, Inc., specializing in Medicaid reform at the state level. She worked with Vice President Mike Pence to create Indiana’s Medicaid program, the nation’s first consumer-directed Medicaid program.
It is expected that the new CMS head will apply her views on Medicaid in her new leadership role, including her belief that federal oversight should be reduced and states should have more control over fund delegation. Speculations existed earlier this year that Verma may leave decisions regarding Medicare to other CMS officials with more experience dealing in the Medicare program.
AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson supports Verma’s confirmation and issued a statement Monday: “We congratulate Ms. Verma and look forward to the opportunity to work with her and the team at CMS. Her experience and health care policy knowledge will serve the country well as we continue on the journey to provide quality care for millions of patients and residents.”
Verma will report to Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary confirmed in February.