A Indian-American Seema Verma has been sworn-in as the head of a key healthcare agency in the Trump administration. US Vice President Mike Pence said at the swearing-in ceremony at the White House that, President Donald Trump has chosen one of the leading experts in America on the state-based healthcare solutions to lead this important agency.
As the head of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services she would be heading the USD 1 trillion federal agency which provides health services to 130 million Americans. Seema Verma is the second Indian-American to be inducted into the Trump administration. The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was the first cabinet rank official from the community to serve in any of the presidential administration.
Verma was elevated to the top federal position after her successful career in the private health sector, spanning two decades. In the recent years she had played a key role in the health care reforms in Indiana, where Mike Pence was the Governor, and few other states such as Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.
Pence said to Seema that, President Donald Trump has now asked you to bring your expertise to the city of Washington, DC. As administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we are confident that you will help restore health care decision-making to the states, and in the process, help to make the best health care system in the world even better.
Noting that Verma’s extraordinary record stretches back for over 20 years, Pence said that after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in the public health, she went to work in Indiana for the Health & Hospital Corporation of the Marion County.
Pence said that, as a result of her efforts Indiana’s program is leading the nation with its emphasis on personal responsibility and effective care for the people who need it most.