Image Credits: Seema Verma / Facebook

On November 29th, in a big day of presidential appointments, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he had selected Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a post currently held by Andy Slavitt.

In announcing Verma’s appointment, Trump said, “I am pleased to nominate Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems.”

Here are thirteen things to know about Seema Verma and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  1. Seema Verma is the President, CEO, and found of a national health policy consulting company.

  2. She is the daughter of Indian immigrants, like Trump’s pick for UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley.

  3. Seema Verma is a resident and business owner in Indiana, home of Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.

  4. Verma was the creator of the Healthy Indiana Plan, the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program.

  5. She has over two decades of experience in health care policy and strategy

  6. Verma also was a part of the Republican Governor’s Public Policy Committee on Medicaid Reform

  7. She is a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network

  8. Verma served as Vice President of Planning for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County.

  9. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and her concentration was in health policy and management.

  10. According to the CMS website, they cover over 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program,  and the Health Insurance Marketplace

  11. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is based out of Baltimore, Maryland.

  12. Medicare and Medicaid came into existence in the United States in July of 1965, when President Johnson signed the bill into law.

  13. Medicaid covers low-income families, pregnant women, people of all ages with disabilities, and people who need “long-term care.”

To find out more about Seema Verma, check out her business website. To find out more about CMS, see their website.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member