Donald Trump taps Tom Price, Seema Verma for top healthcare roles

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President-elect Donald Trump has made his picks for the heads of HHS and CMS.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Georgia Republican congressman Tom Price, M.D., to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and consultant Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Tom Price
Tom Price

Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a prominent Affordable Care Act critic, and his nomination solidifies Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the healthcare reform law.

“There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit,” Price said in a statement about his plans for the role as head of HHS.

Verma, meanwhile, worked with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Indiana’s Medicaid expansion plan, which requires beneficiaries to pay small premiums, Reuters notes.