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senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 8 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing home






senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 14 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing hom






senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 25 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing hom






senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 288 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing






senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 33 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing






senate confirms seema verma to head medicare and medicaid


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 161 connect 1 linkedinemailmorewashington (ap) — president trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing






pick for medicare post faces questions on indiana contracts


indianapolis — president donald trump's pick to oversee medicare and medicaid consulted vice president mike pence on health care issues while he was indiana's governor.it's a post seema verma maintained amid a web of business arrangements — including one that ethics experts say conflicted with her public duties.records show verma and her small indianapolis-based firm, svc inc., have collected more than $6.6 million in consulting fees from the state of indiana since 2011. at the same time, she also received more than $1 million through a contract with hewlett packard, one of indiana's largest technology vendors, which held a financial stake in the health care policies verma helped shape.verma disclosed tuesday that she has agreed to sell svc inc. to a michigan company within 90 days of her






trump health pick says maternity coverage should be optional


washington — president donald trump's pick to lead the government's major health insurance programs says maternity coverage should be optional for patients.indiana health care consultant seema verma tells the senate finance committee that patients — not the government — should determine the insurance benefits they need.verma was facing questions from michigan democratic sen. debbie stabenow about the obama-era health law. that law made maternity and newborn coverage a mandatory benefit for all health insurance plans.verma tells stabenow that some women want maternity coverage and "some women might not choose that."republicans have criticized the law's requirement that insurers cover a standard set of "essential" benefits, including women's health services.verma would head the centers for m






trump’s pick to lead medicaid and medicare has hazy legacy on insuring the poor


washington — seema verma, president donald trump’s pick to head the embattled medicaid program, is a rising policy star among republicans for helping states inject conservative policies into the nation’s largest public health program. in indiana, however, where she helped craft the state’s controversial medicaid expansion experiment, dubbed “hip 2.0,” verma’s legacy is not so clear.…






medicaid chief seema verma blames obamacare's collapse on its founders


trump's chief of medicaid and medicare defends budget cuts and a new approach.        






pick for medicare post faces questions on indiana contracts


indianapolis (ap) — president donald trump’s pick to oversee medicare and medicaid consulted vice president mike pence on health care issues while he was indiana’s governor.it’s a post seema verma maintained amid a web of business arrangements — including one that ethics experts say conflicted with her public duties.records show verma and her small indianapolis-based firm, svc inc., have collected more than $6.6 million in consulting fees from the state of indiana since 2011. at the same time, she also received more than $1 million through a contract with hewlett packard, one of indiana’s largest technology vendors, which held a financial stake in the health care policies verma helped shape.verma has agreed to sell svc inc. to a michigan company within 90 days of her confirmation.most read






trump health pick seema verma says maternity coverage should be optional


president donald trump's pick to lead the government's major health insurance programs says maternity coverage should be optional for patients. indiana health care consultant seema verma tells the senate finance committee that patients — not the government — should determine the insurance benefits they need. verma was facing questions from michigan democratic sen. debbie stabenow about the obama-era health law. that law made maternity and newborn coverage a mandatory benefit for all health insurance plans.related: trending life & style news this hourverma tells stabenow that some women want maternity coverage and "some women might not choose that." republicans have criticized the law's requirement that insurers cover a standard set of "essential" benefits, including women's health serv






indiana took months to reveal mike pence emails


closeskip in skipxembedxshare vice president mike pence reportedly used a private email account to conduct public business, including homeland security matters, while he was governor of indiana. records of the emails were obtained by indystar through a public records request. dwight adams/indystarvice president-elect mike pence speaks nov. 10, 2016, during a welcome-home rally at indianapolis international airport.(photo: jenna watson, the indianapolis star) 277 connectlinkedinemailmoreindianapolis — the indianapolis star has been engaged in a long-running effort to obtain emails from vice president mike pence’s personal aol account.the controversy over his use of a private email account exploded thursday, but the story has its roots in another batch of emails.in 2014, the star was investi






parmish verma and ammy virk look dapper at the jio filmfare awards (punjabi)


parmish verma and ammy virk look dapper at the jio filmfare awards (punjabi)music director parmish verma looked dapper at the jio filmfare awards (punjabi) with his sharp suit and stylish haircut. our host for the evening ammy virk in a monochrome suit and black turban looked ready to kill it tonight1/6all comments (0) parmish verma 2/6all comments (0) parmish verma 3/6all comments (0) parmish verma 4/6all comments (0) ammy virk 5/6all comments (0) ammy virk 6/6all comments (0) ammy virk






senate confirms trump’s pick to run medicare, medicaid


the u.s. senate confirmed president donald trump’s pick to run the government health program for the elderly, poor and disabled on monday, filling a critical role as republicans fight to repeal and replace obamacare.    the senate voted 55-43 to approve seema verma to run the $1 trillion centers for medicare and medicaid services. verma is the owner of svc inc, a healthcare consulting firm, and has helped redesign medicaid programs in several states, including indiana when vice president mike pence was governor.    verma will report to u.s. health and human services secretary tom price.price and verma are expected to make changes to many of the medicaid and medicare programs that were implemented under the signature legislation of former democratic president barack obama, the 2010 affordab






bffs amrita arora and seema khan and sister karisma kapoor visit kareena kapoor


bffs amrita arora and seema khan and sister karisma kapoor visit kareena kapoor khankareena kapoor khan's girl gang is one of the most well-known cliques in b-town. and they make sure to hang out and stay in touch with each other always. the paparazzi caught her bffs seema khan and amrita arora along with bebo's sister karisma kapoor, entering kareena and saif ali khan's residence. looks like seema and amrita couldn't wait to meet their best friend immediately after coming back from their maldives vacation! sweet na?1/9all comments (0) seema khan, amrita arora and karisma kapoor 2/9all comments (0) karisma kapoor 3/9all comments (0) karisma kapoor 4/9all comments (0) karisma kapoor 5/9all comments (0) amrita arora 6/9all comments (0) amrita arora 7/9all comments (0) amrita arora 8/9all com






senate confirms trump pick to head medicare and medicaid


washington (ap) — president donald trump’s pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government’s role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president mike pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she’ll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing home residents to newborns. it’s part of the department of health and human services.verma, a first-generation american whose parents emigrated from india, takes over at cms with the agency facing sweeping changes under the






senate confirms trump pick to head medicare and medicaid


washington — president donald trump's pick to run medicare and medicaid won confirmation monday from a divided senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government's role in health care and society's responsibility toward the vulnerable.indiana health care consultant seema verma, a protégé of vice president mike pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines. she'll head the centers for medicare and medicaid services, a $1 trillion agency that oversees health insurance programs for more than 130 million people, from elderly nursing home residents to newborns. it's part of the department of health and human services.verma, a first-generation american whose parents emigrated from india, takes over at cms as a house republican health care bill backed by trump






congressional democrats demand answers on trump threats to sabotage obamacare in


with concerns rising over the future of financial aid for low-income americans who rely on obamacare, senior congressional democrats have asked the trump administration for information on talks in which health insurance officials say a senior administration official linked the aid to the industry’s support for house republican legislation to roll back the healthcare law.the talks, first reported by the times last week, occurred in april when a group of industry leaders met with seema verma, a president trump appointee who heads the centers for medicare and medicaid services and oversees obamacare insurance markets.health insurers were seeking assurances from verma that the trump administration would continue to provide the aid, which helps millions of low-income americans afford their dedu






seema kapoor, the late om puri’s first wife pays a tribute to the man she loved


seema kapoor, the late om puri’s first wife pays a tribute to the man she loved and lost“yeh badi ajeeb si baat hai…jo chala gaya mujhe choddh kar, wohi aaj tak mere saath hai…”the late om puri once sent these lines by poet taslim fazil as a whatsapp message to ex-wife and companion seema kapoor. uncannily, today they sum up her forlorn narrative. not all love stories kowtow to the ‘happily ever after’ myth. some are destined to hit rough weather and terrains. and, pain, in fact, only elevates them to a sublime realm. om’s and seema’s chronicle seems to be a spillover from a previous lifetime… an ongoing game of hide and seek, which continued in this life as well. in the ’90s, their 10-year-old relationship made way for marriage, only to hastily end in divorce when author/journalist nandit






medicaid recipients should get jobs, pay premiums, chief says


washington - hours after she was sworn in, the trump administration’s top official for medicaid and her boss dispatched a letter to the nation’s governors, urging states to alter the insurance program for poor and disabled people by charging them insurance premiums, requiring them to pay part of emergency room bills and prodding them to get jobs.the letter, sent tuesday night by seema verma, the new administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services (cms), and health and human services secretary tom price, also derides the medicaid expansion that 31 states and the district of columbia adopted under the affordable care act (aca).the expansion, which has extended medicaid to 11 million people with incomes of up to about $16,000 for a single person or nearly $34,000 for a family






medicaid recipients should get jobs and pay premiums, new chief says


washington - hours after she was sworn in, the trump administration’s top official for medicaid and her boss dispatched a letter to the nation’s governors, urging states to alter the insurance program for poor and disabled people by charging them insurance premiums, requiring them to pay part of emergency room bills and prodding them to get jobs.the letter, sent tuesday night by seema verma, the new administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services (cms), and health and human services secretary tom price, also derides the medicaid expansion that 31 states and the district of columbia adopted under the affordable care act (aca).the expansion, which has extended medicaid to 11 million people with incomes of up to about $16,000 for a single person or nearly $34,000 for a family






salman khan and family celebrate sohail khan's wife seema khan's birthday


salman khan and family celebrate sohail khan's wife seema khan's birthdaysohail khan's wife seema khan rang in her birthday with the entire family in a private bash at galaxy apartments in bandra. husband sohail, brother-in-laws arbaaz khan and salman khan, sister-in-laws malaika arora and arpita khan sharma with son ahil, mother-in-law helen, father-in-law salim khan were seen attending the party. salman looked handsome in his bearded look and a cap. oh and did we mention, salman's rumoured beau ilulia vantur was spotted too? ahem!






first 100 days


first 100 daysthe justice department laid out its first significant legal defense of president donald trump's revised travel ban, arguing in a court filing that the harms opponents say it causes are "speculative" and that the president was well within his authority to issue the directive. responding to a lawsuit from the state of hawaii, justice department lawyers asserted that trump's new executive order solved any possible legal problems that came with the first one, because it was narrower in scope and outlined a robust list of people who might be exempted.secretary of state rex tillerson plunges this week into the increasingly volatile situation in north asia with visits to japan, south korea and china, the region's central players for dealing with north korea's missile launches and nu






we're not saying it's wrong, but you sleep with your smartphone


admit it, you’re really into your smartphone.the young, the old, the middle-aged — everybody uses one. and most use social media. it’s just the way of the world these days. but we’re not all of the same when it comes to how and why we use these things. there’s lots of variation among age groups, as we learned recently from talking to nearly 20 people around san diego county.here’s a list of who we talked to, what we asked them, and what they said. the text has been edited for space and clarity.some of it may surprise you. teens on tech: (from left) lucy gao, 15, shruti verma, 14, pranav patil, 14, lily hu (on tire), 16,eduardo contreras / san diego union-tribuneteens on tech: (from left) lucy gao, 15, shruti verma, 14, pranav patil, 14, lily hu (on tire), 16, andrew wang, 14, emily park, 1






trump administration waives ex-lobbyists into government


washington — federal agencies under president donald trump have agreed to roughly a dozen ethics waivers for ex-lobbyists and others who'd privately worked on the same issues they're now handling in government.among those exempted from trump's "drain the swamp" policies are tom price — a congressman turned health secretary— and seema verma, a health care consultant now leading the medicare and medicaid programs.the waivers were disclosed by the office of government ethics on wednesday.earlier, the white house detailed 14 additional ethics waivers for its own employees.these waivers show the exceptions that trump has made to his ethics pledge. their disclosure marks the latest twist in a long-simmering feud between the ethics agency and a president who's pushed back on ethics matters.






strong showing for obama health law as nearly 9m sign up


washington — the government says about 8.8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under the affordable care act. a deadline surge last week appears to account for the surprisingly strong numbers.thursday's update came via twitter from seema verma, head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services. total national sign-ups won't be known for weeks, as some states with later deadlines continue to enroll customers.the latest enrollment numbers come a day after president donald trump proclaimed that the gop tax bill "essentially repealed obamacare." but the tax overhaul only repealed the health law's fines on people who don't carry health insurance, starting in 2019.other major elements of the obama-era law remain in place, including medicaid expansion and protection for peop






jewelry store owners sentenced in credit card fraud scheme


trenton, n.j. — the owners of a new jersey jewelry store who used the business to further one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the u.s. department of justice have been sentenced.forty-nine-year-old vijay verma received a 14-month prison term monday, and 78-year-old tarsem lal got a year of home confinement. the woodbridge township men had pleaded guilty. they'll forfeit $450,000.prosecutors say verma and lal were part of a scheme to create and use more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. the scheme caused more than $200 million in losses to businesses and financial institutions.prosecutors say verma allowed fraudulently obtained cards to be swiped at the jersey city store as part of phony transactions and both men allowed people






jewelry store owners sentenced in credit card fraud scheme


trenton, n.j. (ap) — the owners of a new jersey jewelry store who used the business to further one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the u.s. department of justice have been sentenced.forty-nine-year-old vijay verma received a 14-month prison term monday, and 78-year-old tarsem lal got a year of home confinement. the woodbridge township men had pleaded guilty. they’ll forfeit $450,000.prosecutors say verma and lal were part of a scheme to create and use more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. the scheme caused more than $200 million in losses to businesses and financial institutions.prosecutors say verma allowed fraudulently obtained cards to be swiped at the jersey city store as part of phony transactions and both men allowed pe






trump's pick to oversee medicare took money from health contractors while design


seema verma at trump tower to meet with then-president-elect donald trump on november 22, 2016 (p o by drew angerer/getty images)the trump regime’s pick for health secretary, tom price, was confirmed by the senate overnight and some people are concerned about how he’ll dismantle everything from obamacare to the fda. but there’s another nominee for the department of health and human services that americans should be just as terrified about.advertisementseema verma has been nominated to oversee medicaid and medicare, and if her track record with states like indiana is any indication, she’s not exactly a beacon of sound ethical judgment. in fact, verma’s company received millions from the state of indiana crafting the state’s medicaid laws while simultaneously getting paid by hewlett-packard,






the latest: trump expected to roll back fuel economy rules


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times edt):5:40 p.m.president donald trump will travel to michigan wednesday, where he is expected to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of cars and trucks built in the next decade.the fuel-economy standards were a key part of former president barack obama's strategy to combat global warming.transportation secretary elaine chao and environmental protection agency chief scott pruitt are expected to join trump on the visit to ypsilanti, michigan, a detroit suburb.automakers asked pruitt to discard a decision by the obama administration requiring cars to average a real-world figure of 36 miles per gallon in model years 2022 to 2025. the automakers said the






smoking penalties, er fees, premiums on the poor: how states want to shrink medi


indiana hopes to make medicaid enrollees pay a fee if they smoke cigarettes. arizona wants to put a five-year limit on how long its poor residents can be enrolled in the program. and kentucky wants families earning as little as $5,100 to pay medicaid premiums - and to kick patients out of the program if their payments get 60 days behind.these proposals are part of a host of changes that mostly conservative states have unsuccessfully sought for years to overhaul medicaid, a federal insurance program for the poor and disabled.now, the trump administration is giving at least some of these initiatives the green light. on thursday, health officials issued new guidance to state medicaid directors, saying the administration would allow states to impose work requirements on certain medicaid recipi






pick for medicare post faces questions on indiana contracts


indianapolis — president donald trump's pick to oversee medicare and medicaid advised vice president mike pence on health care issues while he was indiana's governor, a post she maintained amid a web of business arrangements — including one that ethics experts say conflicted with her public duties.a review by the associated press found seema verma and her small indianapolis-based firm made millions through consulting agreements with at least nine states while also working under contract for hewlett packard. the company holds a financial stake in the health care policies verma's consulting work helped shape in indiana and elsewhere.her firm, svc inc., collected more than $6.6 million in consulting fees from the state of indiana since 2011, records show. at the same time, records indicate sh






‘do they really need a wheelchair?’ fox doctor complains medicaid patients getti


one of fox news’ in-house doctors said on thursday that americans using medicaid have it too good because they’re going to get treatments without even paying deductibles.via media matters, dr. marc siegel appeared on fox & friends to talk about the gop’s proposed health care bill. as part of the segment, he said the goal should be to cut back medicaid services to the bare basics because, at the moment, many medicaid patients are getting too much care.“no disincentive for overuse,” siegel said of medicaid. “no co-pays. no deductibles. in states that have the medicaid expansion, emergency room visits are up by nine percent. now, hospitals like that because patients that used to be uninsured now have their medicaid card, but they’re flocking into the ers to get services they don’t often need.






major shift as trump opens way for medicaid work requirement


rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the trump administration said thursday it will allow states to require "able-bodied" medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program's half-century history.seema verma, head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services, said requiring work or community involvement can make a positive difference in people's lives and in their health. the goal is to help people move from public assistance into jobs that provide health insurance. "we see people moving off of medicaid as a good outcome," she said.but advocates said work requirements will become one more hoop for low-income people to jump through, and many could be denied needed coverage because of technicalities and challenging new paperwork. lawsuits are expected as indiv






major shift as trump opens way for medicaid work requirement


rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the trump administration said thursday it will allow states to require "able-bodied" medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program's half-century history.seema verma, head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services, said requiring work or community involvement can make a positive difference in people's lives and in their health. the goal is to help people move from public assistance into jobs that provide health insurance. "we see people moving off of medicaid as a good outcome," she said.but advocates said work requirements will become one more hoop for low-income people to jump through, and many could be denied needed coverage because of technicalities and challenging new paperwork. lawsuits are expected as indiv






seema verma, trump's pick to head medicare and medicaid, avoids giving policy vi


seema verma testifies before the senate finance committee on her nomination to be the administrator of the centers for medicare and medicaid services on feb. 16, 2017.(photo: mandel ngan, afp/getty images) 10 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — seema verma, the indiana health care consultant tapped by president trump to oversee the medicare and medicaid programs, told senators thursday she doesn’t support turning medicare into a voucher program.but verma resisted efforts by democrats, and some republicans, to take positions on other potential changes including:raising medicare's eligibility age and requiring the government to negotiate with drug companies for lower priceschanging the minimum benefits health plans must covercapping the amount of money states receive for their medicaid prog






california "sanctuary state" bills defy president trump policy on immigration


sacramento — as president trump threatens to strip federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities,” defiant democrats in sacramento are doubling down on policies to protect immigrants at risk of deportation — bills that many say would turn california into a sanctuary state.one would prohibit police officers from collecting information on a person’s immigration status or from responding to certain requests from federal agents. others would use taxpayer-funded legal aid to help people in deportation proceedings and train defense attorneys on immigration law.the fast-tracked proposals — set for hearings tuesday — have become a key tactic in california’s resistance against the trump administration’s policies on immigration. they have drawn plaudits from immigration advocates and criticism fr