Gina Drioane | Manager, Public Policy Communications | (202) 753-5372
Washington, D.C. — The Children’s Hospital Association welcomes the announcement of two new leadership selections within the Trump Administration: Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., was nominated as the new secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Seema Verma was tapped to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Both Price and Verma will need to be approved by the Senate before taking up their roles in the Trump Administration.
Rep. Price has served in Congress for six terms, where he has been a leading voice within the Republican Party on health care policy. Before taking up this legislative role, Price served his community as an orthopedic surgeon. In his position as Secretary of Health and Human Services, he will oversee 11 agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and CMS.
"Dr. Price has served the Atlanta area and its children well as a congressman for over a decade,” says Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “As a health care advocate and fellow Georgian we look forward to working with Dr. Price to ensure that children across the nation get the care they need to learn, grow and thrive as children should.”
Seema Verma has played a prominent role in Indiana health care policy in recent years where, as a health care consultant, she worked with Gov. Mike Pence on the Healthy Indiana Plan. At the helm of CMS, Verma will oversee Medicaid, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“Seema Verma has been a great asset to health care in Indiana” says Matthew Cook, president of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. “She works hard on behalf of both those who need care and health care professionals. Her deep understanding of the issues makes her a wonderful choice for this important national role.”
Children’s hospitals look forward to working with these two leaders to ensure every child across the country has access to high quality, cost-effective care tailored to meet their unique health care needs.