Seema Verma, an Indian origin American consultant in Pence’s Medicaid program for the poor in Indiana, has been named by US President-elect Donald Trump’s as Secretary of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Trump said in a statement that her decades of experience will transform “our health care system for the benefit of all Americans.”
Under the Indiana model, even the poor people pay for medical care. Verma’s SVC Inc. has been paid more than $6.6 million by the state of Indiana since 2011 as a consultant firm for implementing it.
The nomination once approved would make her mould the national policies on medicare policy, replacing or diluting the current Obama’s popular medicare policy.
Pence had earlier supported her policy stating that requiring the poor to make payments for Medicaid means they are taking personal responsibility too.
Seema Verma holds master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland. She received the Sagamore of the Wabash for her distinguished services in the state.