Indian American Seema Verma nominated to top administrative post

WASHINGTON (TIP): On November 29, President-elect #DonaldTrump picked up Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, putting her in charge of a federal agency within the health department as part of a “dream team” which he said would transform America’s healthcare system. Her nomination came days after

Indian-American Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, was named as US ambassador to the United Nations.

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

Verma currently is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc, a national health policy consulting company.Verma worked for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County as vice president of planning and at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, DC. She founded the health policy-consulting firm SVC Inc. in June 2001. She is President and CEO of the company, which has worked with the states of Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Maine, and Tennessee.

Based in Indianapolis, Vermaworked with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on health care policy. She was the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan. The health insurance program, designed for people with low income, requires participants to pay into a health savings account and has high deductibles.