Some Quick Facts About Seema Verma, Nominated to Head CMS

Seema Verma, a longtime advisor to Vice president Elect Mike Pence, has been nominated by President-elect Donald trump to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS oversees Medicare, Medicaid and some aspects of the ACA, affecting the lives of some 100 million Americans. Verma, 46, is CEO and founder of SVC, a national health policy consulting company. Here’s a thumbnail sketch.

  • Verma helped Pence broker a deal with the Obama administration, obtaining conservative concessions while expanding Medicaid in Indiana.
  • Verma created the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program.
  • Verma developed Medicaid waiver programs in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky.
  • She gave technical assistance to Michigan as that state implemented its 1115 Medicaid waiver.
  • Verma helped develop the report, “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future,” that was presented to the Republican Governor’s Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform in 2011.
  • Verma was recently selected to participate in the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.
  • Verma occasionally contributes to the Health Affairs blog.