FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

America’s Essential Hospitals thanks President-Elect Trump for making health care experience a priority in his choices for Secretary of Health and Human Services and administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Rep. Tom Price has an extensive clinical, administrative, and academic background in health care and long experience in the legislative process. Seema Verma, MPH, offers a deep understanding of health care delivery and policymaking and can contribute an important state-level perspective on Medicaid, insurance, and public health. We are especially proud of her accomplishments as a graduate of the association’s Fellows Program.

Particularly noteworthy about both nominees is their experience caring for low-income and other vulnerable people, shaped by their work at hospitals with a safety net role—essential hospitals. We look forward to working with Price and Verma to ensure essential hospitals can sustain their commitment to those in need and to underserved 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 275 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.

Contact:
Carl Graziano
cgraziano@essentialhospitals.org
202.585.0102