Medi­care, Med­i­caid leader con­firmed

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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, is a first-gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can whose par­ents em­i­grated from In­dia.

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