As the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma oversees a $1 trillion budget, representing about a quarter of the total federal budget, administers health coverage programs for more than 130 million Americans, and oversees the quality and safety of all hospitals participating in Medicare. Nominated by President Trump on November 29, 2016 – the seventh nomination by the President-elect – and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2017, she is one of the longest serving Administrators in modern history.
Since then, the Administrator has set a bold agenda to empower patients and transform the healthcare system to deliver better value and results for patients through competition and innovation. CMS has focused all of its efforts on 16 strategic initiatives across Medicare, Medicaid, and the Exchanges to move the healthcare delivery system toward value.
Administrator Verma is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University. Modern Healthcare ranked her as the number one most influential person in healthcare in 2019.