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US Senate Confirms Seema Verma to Head Medicare, Medicaid Centers

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The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Senators approved Verma’s nomination in a 55-43 vote Monday evening, according to the results posted on the Senate website.

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Seema Verma is the President and founder of a national health policy consulting company SVC, Inc. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy projects involving Medicaid and has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states, according to SVC Inc. website.

On Monday, House Republicans released the text of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill includes provisions that prohibit insurers from denying coverage; establish a patient and state stability fund; and strengthen Medicaid.

In 2006, US federal and state governments spent more than $314 billion on the Medicare program, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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