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Seema Verma Confirmed by Senate as Administrator for CMS

Earlier this week the Senate held a final vote, which passed 55-43, confirming Seema Verma as the next administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, Verma will take charge of an agency which is in charge of approximately $1 trillion in annual spending.

Under the new administration, Verma is expected to lead CMS in a more conservative direction. This could include creating a program in which states could apply for and receive waivers to impose work search requirements and lifetime caps on Medicaid enrollment. As the new CMS Administrator, Verma will be working closely with Brian Neale, who was recently chosen as the director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. 

Previously, Verma has worked in healthcare consulting in Indiana where she worked with Vice President Mike Pence to expand Medicaid. Over the course of her review Democrats have opposed her nomination due to her lack of Medicare experience, in addition, they felt she was too vague on certain policies such as healthcare http:pricing.

CHAP will continue to monitor Verma’s transition to CMS Administrator and provide updates as they are made available.  

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