Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Trump CMS Pick Gets Second Vote After Tie at Senate Committee

Trump CMS Pick Gets Second Vote After Tie at Senate Committee Trump CMS Pick Gets Second Vote After Tie at Senate Committee
Melissa Porter | 03 March, 2017, 02:20

In his opening statement, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, indicated his full support for Verma, a healthcare policy consultant, who has worked with several state governments, including the state of IN and Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor, to improve and modernize their Medicaid systems.

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors - today commended the Senate Finance Committee for voting to advance the confirmation of Seema Verma as the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Senate floor.

"We need experienced and responsible leadership at the helm of our federal agencies and CMS is no exception", said Sen.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said in a statement that addressing the challenges facing Medicare and Medicaid will require a strong partnership with the administration.

Depending on what if anything ultimately emerges from Congress in the way of an Obamacare repeal-and-replace scheme, Verma could wind up with powers over the health-care system at least as vast as those exercised by her Obama administration predecessors, who approved Indiana's experiment.

The Thursday vote, which occurred behind closed doors, followed a chaotic public executive session on Wednesday.

Despite opposition from several Democrats, who expressed frustration during the confirmation hearings that Verma wasn't forthcoming with her answers to questions on Medicaid block grants, vouchers and Medicaid privatization, it appears likely that the committee will approve her nomination Thursday and send it to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. "Ms. Verma. doesn't have a lot of background dealing with Medicare".

"The way to make health insurance available to everyone is lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we are going to do", Trump said.

Verma also has unresolved potential conflict-of-interest questions, Wyden said.

"I think she is a highly qualified nominee".