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Statement on Confirmation of Seema Verma as CMS Administrator


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON – America’s Essential Hospitals congratulates Seema Verma, MPH, for her confirmation as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Through her work at an essential hospital, Ms. Verma has firsthand experience with health care for low-income and other vulnerable people. She also has deep experience helping states tailor Medicaid to meet specific program and policy goals. This background gives Ms. Verma a particularly relevant perspective as Congress and the administration weigh fundamental changes to Medicaid funding.

We look forward to working with Ms. Verma to ensure access to comprehensive coverage for all people and that Medicaid changes occur in an equitable, stable, and sustainable way across states, and to protect the financial stability of essential hospitals so they can continue to meet their commitment to patients and communities.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

Our nearly 300 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care. Learn more at

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