Update to Trump Administration Healthcare Picks
Two updates were announced this week surrounding Trump Administration picks for key healthcare positions. Today it was confirmed that the Senate Finance Committee has voted to confirm Seema Verma as the next administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In addition, Brian Neale has been picked as the new director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
Senate Finance Committee members in an open executive session Wednesday voted 15-11 with proxies to pass Verma's nomination to the full Senate. However, proxy votes don't count towards the final vote and present members tied 9-9 on the nomination. While there was some opposition from democrats on the committee who felt her positions were too vague on specific policies and felt that she lacked formal Medicare experience, the nomination did pass the committee.
Neale as director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services will report to Verma once she is confirmed by the Senate. He recently served as executive director at the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee and served as health care policy director for Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana. In addition, he has worked with both Pence and Verma in the past to develop Healthy Indiana Plan HIP 2.0, the state's Medicaid expansion plan.
CHAP will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they are made available.