Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trump picks South Asian to tackle Medicare and Medicai

Seema Verma
By Louis Chan

A CONSULTANT who worked under Vice President-elect Mike Pence to expand Medicaid in Indiana has been nominated to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Seema Verma is the third Asian/American to be nominated by President-elect Donald Trump. The others are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley who is Trump’s choice for Ambassador to the United Nations and Washington veteran Elaine Chao who will help the Department of Transportation.

“I am pleased to nominate Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” said President-elect Trump. “She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price (nominated as Secretary of Health & Human Services) and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans.”

“I am honored to be nominated by President-elect Trump,” said Verma. “I look forward to helping him tackle our nation’s daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way.”

Verma is credited with helping Indiana implement Obamacare in 2010. Her program is said to have appealed to conservatives while meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

She, along with Price, will play a major role in either eliminating or reshaping Obamacare, one of Trump's top campaign promises.

Verma also served as Vice President of Planning for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and as a Director with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington D.C. Ms. Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.