Senate Finance Committee postpones vote on CMS administrator

March 1, 2017
The Senate Finance Committee has postponed a vote on President Trump's pick for CMS administrator. The Committee took a preliminary vote of 15-11 with proxy votes to approve Seema Verma. However, because the vote was only 9-9 without proxy votes, the Committee will have to vote again. Per the Committee's rules, proxy votes do not count.

Verma helped create and update the Healthy Indiana Plan ― Indiana's consumer-directed Medicaid program ― under Gov. Mitch Daniels and Vice President Mike Pence when he served as governor of Indiana. Prior to her role at SVC, Verma served as vice president of planning for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County in Indiana and director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, D.C.