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Donald Trump nominates India’s Seema Verma to top administration post

"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.

By: PTI | Washington | Published: November 29, 2016 8:28 pm
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US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a second Indian-American woman to a top administration position, 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. “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.

The announcement came along with Trump’s nomination of Congressman Tom Price as his Health and Human Services Secretary.

A leading expert in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, Verma would serve as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“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.

“I am honoured to be nominated by President-elect Trump today,” said Verma, who met Trump in New York last week. I look forward to helping him tackle our nation’s daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way,” she said.

Her nomination comes days after Indian-American Nikki Haley was named as US envoy to the United Nations by Trump. Haley had scripted history by becoming the first-ever Indian-American to be appointed to a cabinet-level post in any US administration. Verma currently is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc, a national health policy consulting company.

Based in Indianapolis, Verma has supported Indiana through development of the historic programme since its inception in 2007, from development of the enabling legislation, negotiating the financing plan with the state’s hospital association, developing the federal waiver, supporting federal negotiations and leading the implementation of the programme, including the operational design.

For more than 20 years, she has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governors’ offices, state medicaid agencies, state health departments, state departments of insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

“Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programmes in several states. Verma is the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid programme under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and then-Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal,” said the presidential transition team.

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.

She served as the state of Indiana’s health reform lead following the passage of Obamacare in 2010.

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  1. S
    Nov 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    President Trump is a fair and just man. He will work with people of all races and ethnic backgrounds whom he deems fit for the jobs which are open. He has always given people from all ethnicities good positions at the Trump organizations. He will make America great again, by the Grace of God, as well as security for the world in general.
    1. C
      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm
      While the US election cycle was heating up with Trump scoring progressively more points over his Republican rivals, the Indian community by and large was literally throwing a fit at the possibility that Indians would have to leave the US under Trump's accelerated immigration and deportation program. Now what do they have to say when two ladies (mind you) have been given key positions in his government, and that too of Indian origin. Trump has been labeled as bigoted, misogynist, racist, fascist, homophobe, Islamophobic, anti-Hispanic by the Indian media which has conveniently and hypocritically supported the lying and corrupt Clintons'. Trump's total refusal to resort to the auto-destructive mainstream media's tryst with political correctness and his record-setting landslide victory, has bludgeoned the media, and they are now going for his jugulars. Hope the Indian media ceases partisan politics and gets on to the regular business of reporting.