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Health & Human Services and CMS Appointees

President-Elect Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He will have a big task ahead of him, if confirmed by the Senate, to rework the Obamacare.

 

Price is an orthopedic surgeon and a congressman who has served for more than a decade. He is currently chairman of the House Budget Committee and also serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, serving there on the Health and Human Resources Subcommittees. He has practical medical, legislative and budget experience. He has long been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare and has supported Republican-led efforts to substantially change Federal health programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Trump also named Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In Indiana, Verma worked with then-Governor Mike Pence on the state’s waiver program that offered measured Medicaid coverage to thousands of newly eligible beneficiaries. The waivers incorporated requirements for “personal responsibility” including cost sharing and tiers based on such factors as medical frailty, concepts that could be extended to the Medicaid program in all states. Verma's nomination reinforces the notion there will be a greater emphasis on state flexibility in Medicare and Medicaid.

 

A website has been set up for President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team information.  

 

AABC will continue to monitor developments with the new Administration that may impact birth centers and other members.

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