Seema Verma Confirmed as CMS Head

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the health care agency whose programs Republicans are targeting for overhaul. Seema Verma a health consultant from Indiana who helped design a Medicaid expansion program when Vice President Mike Pence was that state's governor, was confirmed in a 55-43 vote. As administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she will oversee a $1 trillion budget, 6,500 employees and government-run programs that cover 1 in 3 Americans. During her confirmation hearings, Verma said that she does not support turning Medicare, the government's program for adults over 65 and people with disabilities, into a voucher plan in which people would select coverage from private health insurance companies. The approach has been endorsed by members of the Republican leadership who say Medicare is not a sustainable program.

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