Seema Verma Confirmed as CMS Head | GenomeWeb

Seema Verma has been confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a 55-to-43 vote that was largely along party lines, the Wall Street Journal reports. CMS is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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